Highway 93 is closed between Radium and Castle Junction

  Highway 93 is closed between Radium and Castle Junction through the Park due to heavy smoke from the Verdant Creek wildfire.  There is no estimated time of opening at this time. There will be a detour in place via Golden and Highway 95. Visibility will be reduced due to smoke. Please use alternate route.   The Highway remains at single lane alternating near the Island Pond Fire between Skookumchuck and Canal Flats.

Verdant Creek Wildfire Update

  From Parks Canada August 01, 2017 Update: Verdant Creek wildfire Visibility on Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park and the Trans-Canada Highway (HWY 1) through Banff …National Park is being affected by wildfire smoke and fire suppression activities. Highways will remain open as long as safe driving conditions can be maintained. If smoke settles or thickens in the valley bottom, motorists should expect speed reductions, flagging personnel and pilot vehicles to ensure safe passage. The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure Continue reading →

Quick Update – Island Pond Fire RDEK

FROM RDEK I just got an update on the Island Pond Fire and wanted to share it with you.   The fire is now estimated at 1150 hectares. The south and southeast flanks of the fire are currently holding well with machine guarding and air support – as they’ve dropped both water and retardant again today.   They have also done some machine guarding from the south to the east flank today and are continuing those efforts.   The fire is more active currently on the Continue reading →

Special weather statement

Environment Canada 5:43 PM PDT Friday 14 July 2017 Special weather statement in effect for: East Kootenay – north including Invermere East Kootenay – south including Cranbrook Windy weekend across the BC Interior. The ridge of high pressure that has been dominating the weather over southern BC will give way to a cold front on Saturday. Widespread winds of 20 to 50 km/h are expected beginning Saturday afternoon over the central and southern interior. The strong winds will push into the Kootenays by early Sunday Continue reading →

CAMPFIRE BAN ⚠ CAMPFIRE BAN ⚠ Effective at noon Pacific time on Friday, July 7, 2017, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human…-caused wildfires and protect public safety. For more details on this prohibition, please visit: http://ow.ly/HOvB30drJUx Fore more details about other prohibitions in B.C. please visit gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans Specifically, prohibited activities once the campfire ban takes effect will include: – campfires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirelegislation – stubble or grass fires of any size over any area Continue reading →

SE FIRE CENTRE: Category 2 open fires to be prohibited in Southeast

SE FIRE CENTRE: Category 2 open fires to be prohibited in Southeast   Effective at 1:00PM on Monday, July 3, 2017, Category 2 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.   This Category 2 prohibition is in addition to the Category 3 open fire prohibition that came into effect in the Southeast Fire Centre on June 15, 2017. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs   Continue reading →

RDEK Board Highlights

CBT region Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program funding approved for 2017/2018 The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors June 9 approved funding $1,235,971 in funding for 138 projects around the. The funding comes from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs, which are administered by the RDEK. After considering public input and recommendations from the municipalities and Electoral Area Directors, the board approved the funding. A complete list of the approved projects is available on the RDEK’s website (www.rdek.bc.ca). Continue reading →

Category 3 fires to be prohibited in southeast B.C.

News Releases for this fire centre Category 3 fires to be prohibited in southeast B.C. [Southeast] 6/12/2017 2:03 PM CASTLEGAR – Effective at noon (Pacific Time) on Thursday, June 15, 2017, Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. Anyone conducting a Category 3 open fire anywhere in the Southeast Fire Centre must extinguish any such fire by noon on June 15, 2017. This prohibition will remain in place until the Continue reading →