Verdant Creek Wildfire


The fire ban has been lifted in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks, except Redstreak Campground. Recent precipitation and cooler temperatures have reduced the fire danger in these parks. A fire ban remains in effect for Redstreak Campground in Kootenay National Park, due to drier conditions in this part of the park and in support of the South East Fire District fire ban within the area. It will be lifted as soon as conditions permit.

The Town of Banff has also lifted its Fire Ban as of September 15, 2017.


Visitors are reminded of these important safety notes:

  • Fires are now permitted in designated fire pits in campgrounds and day-use areas, and within designated metal fire rings in the backcountry, of Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.  Make sure your fire is extinguished properly (soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch) before leaving it.
  • Campers are required to purchase a fire permit before using fire pits in road-accessible campgrounds. Campfires are not permitted during quiet hours (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.).
  • Campfires are not allowed in some backcountry campgrounds. Check the backcountry camping information or ask at the park visitor centre before setting out on your hike.

Report any wildfires, illegal campfires, or suspicious smoke to Banff Dispatch 403-762-4506.  

Emergencies only: Report wildfires, illegal campfires, or suspicious smoke to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-4506.

This Report Courtesy of Parks Canada