Monday • September 25, 2017
Trails open again! Campfire and off-road vehicle ban lifted.
The BC wildfire season is quickly subsiding and no longer posing any risk. There is no smoke in Fernie's sky from left over distant wildfires. A big thank you to all the wildfire crews that worked so hard this summer in BC.
The Crown Land closure for most areas has been lifted as of September 15th. There are still some areas, those closer to the current fires, that are still closed. READ SE Fire Centre NOTICE. On Sept 20th the Off-Road Vehicle Ban was lifted. On September 22nd the campfire ban lifted.
TRAILS OPEN: Mt Fernie Trails, Mt Proctor Trails (Fairy Creek Falls, Swine, etc), Ridgemont Trails, Castle Mountain, Morrissey Ridge bike trails, Montane, Island Lake Lodge - all trails, City of Fernie municipal lands & trails, Heiko's Trail, Three Sisters Trail, Mt Hosmer, Ancient Cottonwood Trail, Silver Spring Lakes.
River Access: is mostly all open again, however, there are still blocks of Crown Land Closures close to existing fires that impact some rivers/creeks such as the Wigwam. See update for details and maps
There is still a full campfire ban in effect. Highway 3 is fully open. To report a fire or smoke plume, call *5555 or 1-800-663-5555
The closest 'Fires of Note' are 35km (as crow flies) or more away and are in the backcountry and are improving. They are not visible from Fernie. These include the Soowa Mtn Fire south of Fernie and Elko, and the Quinn Creek Fire north of Fernie, NW of Sparwood and west of Elkford. Another large fire is the Lodgepole Fire south of Fernie but is not a 'Fire of Note' and the Linklater Fire west of Lake Koocanusa on the USA border and connected to Montana's Caribou Fire. Visit map of current wildfires in British Columbia and RDEK Facebook page for further updates on BC and regional fires, including the RDEK daily video updates. There are also fires across the Canada-USA border in Montana, view US MT fire updates.
The air quality advisories in effect (ie via The Weather Network) are regional and provincial, and may not reflect local conditions. More links below.
Highway 3 leading in and out of Fernie is not affected by wildfires and is fully open to all travelers. Highway 3 is the scenic alternative to Hwy 1, allowing travelers to drive across the province from Alberta to Vancouver. View Fernie Maps.
To report a fire or smoke plume, call *5555 or 1-800-663-5555
For more details on current conditions please use these links: