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The firefighters gather as they listen to their morning brief. (Photo: Emily Sinclair) 

Verdant Creek Fire Update: Banff Sunshine Village, August 4th 

Last night firefighting crews from Parks Canada checked into our Sunshine Mountain Lodge. The fire crew is made up of helicopter pilots, helicopter engineers, firefighters, command officers, and admins. The fire crew from Parks Canada will be staying with us as they work to contain the Verdant Creek Fire in the North Simpson region of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park.

At this time, the Verdant Creek Wildfire is not a threat to Banff, and it remains on the west side of the continental divide. Fire experts estimate the size of the fire to be approximately 11,000 hectares in size.

As Parks Canada works to fight the fire, they advise that guests of Banff and the towns residents should expect increased smoke with the hot summer weather.

If you’re driving to Radium or Invermere this long weekend, check Drive BC and Alberta 511 as Highway 93 may be subject to temporary closures to ensure public safety.

We wish Parks Canada success as they work to suppress the fire. We will continue to keep you informed on our social media and mountain news updates.

Here's a map from Parks Canada that shows the location and size of the Verdant Creek Fire. The fire has not crossed into Banff National Park.