Summer 2018 Wildfire Update

Posted on: August 29th, 2018

Ongoing forest fires throughout British Columbia and Alberta have been a major part of this summer for many Canadians. Thanks to the tireless work of fire crews, the fires are isolated to the back country. Visitors can enjoy many trails in the Canadian mountain parks that are open, but those with lung diseases would be wise to avoid extended periods of time in areas with poor air quality.

Stay up to date on the latest conditions by visiting Banff & Lake Louise Tourism’s new resource page and FAQ page which include weather, fire, smoke and highway information links.

Waterton Lakes National Park Fire – 2017
Photo Courtesy of Parks Canada

Travelers will be happy to know that Highway 93 South is currently open. Fire and highway crews continue have worked hard to extinguish the Wardle wildfire. In the most recent update from Parks Canada (which was Tuesday, August 28), it was reported that the Wardle wildfire is not expected to spread thanks to the crews monitoring the fire and the forecasted conditions.

However, travelers still need to take precautions. A travel advisory remains in effect for Highway 93 from Castle Junction to Radium Hot Springs. It’s important for drivers to abide by the traffic restrictions along the highway to keep both the fire and highway crews and the public safe. Travelers will need to plan extra time for travel due to reduced speeds and possible temporary closures.

Drivers will also need to stay alert since visibility is reduced by the smoke. Thankfully, wet and cooler weather has cleared up a large portion of the smoke, which has thereby improved the air quality.

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