July 19, 2017, 11:45 a.m.
With increased smoke and helicopter activity around the Town of Banff, the following should provide residents with important details about the impact of the Verdant Creek wildfire to the community.
The Town is not in imminent danger and there are currently no highway closures or evacuation orders in the Town of Banff.
Parks Canada and other agencies are managing the fire, and the Town of Banff is assisting Parks Canada. The Banff Fire Department is in regular contact with Parks fire personnel and continues to monitor the situation. Updates will be posted to http://banff.ca
as they become available.
A fire ban is in place for the Town of Banff as well as all of Banff National Park. No campfires are permitted. Propane cook stoves/BBQs are permitted.
While there are no evacuation orders for the Town of Banff, all residents are encouraged to always be prepared with family emergency plans and emergency kits. Visit http://banff.ca/emergency
for information on emergency preparedness.
Parks Canada is regularly issuing updates on fire management on their Important Bulletins site at http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/scond/Rec_Rep_E.asp?opark=100092
For air quality advisories, visit https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=ab
Individuals with backcountry reservations in the area closure should contact 403.762.1556 or visit a Parks Canada Visitor Centre for updates.
Visitors should contact or visit a Visitor Centre for trip planning information or alternative hiking and camping routes. Contact Banff & Lake Louise Tourism’s visitor centre at 403.762.8421 or on Twitter @banff_info