Sunday • August 20, 2017
Fernie welcomes travellers affected by BC and Montana wildfires.
At 8:00am this morning Fernie's sky is partly cloudy with minimal to no smoke in the air. We are expecting another sunny day with a high of 25C. There are no fires around Fernie.
The closest wildfires are Gibralter Ridge Fire (1 hour away) east of Eureka, Montana, Island Pond Fire (2 hours away, 100% contained) south of Canal Flats, and White River Complex Fire (2 hours away) east of Fairmont Hot Springs.
Current air quality advisories (ie via the Weather Network) are regional and not always an accurate reflection of Fernie's air quality. We will update on any changes to local conditions by providing written and image updates. Fernie doesn't have on official air monitoring station, the closest are in Columbia Falls, Montana (2 hours south), Golden and Castlegar (over 3-4 hours away).
All parks and trails* are open in the Fernie area but no campfires are allowed and no off-road vehicles are allowed in the backcountry.
Highway 3 leading in and out of Fernie is not affected by wildfires and is fully open to all travellers. Highway 3 is the scenic alternative to Hwy 1, allowing travellers to drive across the province from Alberta to Vancouver. View Fernie Maps.
NO campfires are allowed anywhere in BC, including Fernie, until cooler/wetter conditions return and the government removes the official fire ban.
* The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has closed access to all their lands and trails in BC. This is a province wide notice. This closure impacts access to the Ancient Cottonwood Trail just west of Fernie. Read NCC notice. All other lands, parks and trails around Fernie are open.
* 1:00pm Aug 4th UPDATE: The operation of any off-road vehicle for recreational purposes on crown land is prohibited in many parts of BC as of 11am today (READ FULL NOTICE), including Fernie and the Elk Valley. This means no ATVs/Side-by-Sides/Dirt Bikes etc. are able to go into the backcountry and on forest service roads. Regular vehicles (On-Hwy Vehicles) are allowed on main forest services roads but not allowed off-road.
For more details on current conditions please use these links: