Not since 2003 has the Bugaboos area closed to backcountry users. The extreme risk of new fires and the danger from existing ones is too high for land managers to risk.
Bow Hut and Bow Lake area are also closed due to a spreading fire caused by an illegal camp fire. Other areas affected include Mount Assiniboine and all crags and mountains in the East Kootenay/Rocky Mountain Forest District.
“Parks Canada fire crews, with the aid of a helicopter with bucket, continue to work to contain the new fire,” said a news release. “The Bow Glacier Falls trail, Bow Hut access route and a portion of the Bow Lake trail have been closed to allow crews to safely work on containing the fire.”
In the interest of public safety, effective at noon Pacific Time on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, all Crown land within the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District is closed to public access.
This is due to the extreme fire danger rating, the number of unprecedented aggressive wildfires throughout the region, and moderate winds forecasted over the next few days.
The area restriction order means that a person must not remain in or enter the restricted area without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area in the course of:
a) travelling to or from his or her residence, that is not under an evacuation order;
b) using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;
c) travelling as a person acting in an official capacity;
d) travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities
A map of the closed areas:
Smoky conditions may persist in the coming weeks. For information on air quality, as well as smoke forecasts for Western Canada, visit the BC Air Quality website HERE
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: bcwildfire.ca