Current Wildfire Info

Know Before You Go - Wildfire Info

August 22, 2017

As you may know, some areas of British Columbia are currently dealing with wildfires. However, British Columbia is a very large and diverse province, and there are many areas that are not impacted and are open for business.

Currently, most of the Kootenay Rockies region remains unaffected by any significant wildfire activity, however as this is a fluid situation, we are updating this site daily.  Please keep checking here for the latest information you may need to 'know before you go'.

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
BC Parks has reopened portions of the park for public use through consultation with BC Wildfire Service and due to the recent rainfall and cooler temperatures.  Click the link for more details.

Highway 1 near Glacier National Park
Travel Advisory - Limited visibility due to smoke from Prairie Hill Fire at east boundary of Glacier National Park. Travellers are advised to reduce speed through area. Highway closures may be required depending on fire behaviour.

A travel advisory is in effect for Highway 93 south from Castle Junction to Radium Hot Springs. Fire fighters will be working adjacent to the highway and reduced speed zones will be in place. Drivers should anticipate possible delays.

Highway 6 between BC/WA border and Junction with Hwy 3
This Highway remains closed in both directions (north & south) from British Columbia and Washington border to the Junction with Highway 3 (10.4 km) because of forest fire. Detour via Highway 3, Salmo-Creston.


Off-road Vehicle Ban & Campfire Ban in effect
The BC Wildfire Service prohibits the use of off-road vehicles (quads, dirt bikes, etc.)
on Crown land for recreational use. In addition, all on-highway vehicles must remain on defined road surfaces. Campfire bans are still in effect.

If you are currently visiting our province or planning a trip, please check the following resources for the latest information.

British Columbia's Community Visitor Centres:
Staff at these centres can help you with trip planning information, alternative routes and reservation changes.

Drive BC:
Drive BC is your source for information about road closures, major events and transportation delays.
Website:  DriveBC.ca or Twitter: @DriveBC

BC Parks:
BC Parks offers information regarding Provincial campgrounds and park closures.

Parks Canada:
Important Bulletins for National Parks.

Nature Conservancy of Canada:
The NCC website displays information on conservation areas which are closed to recreational access.

Recreation Sites and Trails BC:
Recreation Sites and Trails offers alerts, closures and warnings regarding BC's rustic campsites and recreational trails.
Twitter: @BCGovFireInfo

BC Wildfire Service:
The BC Wildfire Service offers a variety of resources, including Interactive mapping of all active wildfires across the province, campfire bans, restrictions and forest use.
Twitter:  @BCGovFireInfo

Emergency Info BC:
Emergency Info BC offers information about emergencies in BC, including evacuation orders and alerts.
Twitter: @EmergencyInfoBC

Air Quality:
Check the BC Ministry of Environment website for updates on the Air Quality Health index.


We Recommend That You:
  • Call your airline to ensure they are operating within your chosen destination.
  • Check DriveBC to plan your route and adapt your itinerary as needed.
  • Call the busineses that you have made reservations with - operators can give you up-to-date information about the conditions around their property.
  • Follow the above social media accounts for the latest news.