Area restriction issued for Akolkolex wildfire, Parks Canada plans prescribed burns

Akolkolex Wildfire area restriction closes part of the Akolkolex FSR until October 15; Parks Canada is planning a series of prescribed fires in Glacier and Mount Revelstoke national parks.

La Forme Drainage wildfire smoke seen on August 17, 2022 looking south from Carnes Creek. Photo: Mike Watson

The BC Wildfire Service has issued an area restriction for the vicinity of the Akolkolex wildfire, prohibiting travel on the part of the forest service road (FSR). The area restriction begins at the Akolkolex FSR and Standfast Creek junction. The restriction prohibits travel on the part of the Akolkolex FSR near a wildfire in the area.

This map shows the affected Area Restriction in effect for the Akolkolex Wildfire. Photo: BC Wildfire Services

The restriction issued on August 18 will remain in effect until October 15, 2022, or until the order is rescinded.

BC Wildfire Service says the restriction reflects the need to protect the public where ongoing fire impression activities are taking place. Areas such as Echo Lake recreation site and Akolkolex Falls will remain accessible.

The fire, located approximately 24 kilometres east of Revelstoke, has grown dramatically. On the fire’s ignition date, August 12, the estimated size was 4.2 hectares and has grown to approximately 106 hectares by August 18.

Smoke lingering over Revelstoke creating a light haze can be attributed to this fire to the south and to a fire just Northeast of Sale Mountain called the LaForme Drainage wildfire. The LaForme Drainage wildfire, started on August 3 by a suspected lightning strike, is deemed out of control by BC Wildfire Service. The fire measured an estimated 54 hectares in size on August 18.

La Forme Drainage wildfire smoke seen on August 17, 2022, looking south from Carnes Creek. Photo: Mike Watson

Read more about the smoke you may have seen recently here:

Smoke high over Revelstoke as new fire in Akolkolex FSR area

Prescribed fires planned for Glacier, Revelstoke national parks

Parks Canada is planning a series of prescribed fires in Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke national parks this summer and fall, the first of which could start as early as Aug. 18.
The image shows the area of the planned Flat Creek wildfire. Image: Parks Canada

The Flat Creek prescribed fire in Glacier national park could be ignited anywhere from Aug. 18, depending on conditions. The plan is to burn about 580 hectares near to the CP Rail line and Trans-Canada Highway.

Parks Canada conducts the burns for a number of reasons, including controlling and preventing and controlling the spread of future wildfires, and diversifying habitat for some species.
The fires are planned in advance and teams wait for a series of conditions including moisture and wind to be right before proceeding.
No highway closures are planned but smoke may be visible from the Trans-Canada Highway.

Mt. Revelstoke prescribed fires planned

Three prescribed fires are planned for late summer and fall, including Parkway Bend, Lindmark and Lower Slopes.
The Parkway Bend fire will create a barrier preventing future fire spread on the front slope of the mountain near the 17-kilometre mark of Meadows in the Sky Parkway.
The Lindmark Prescribed Fire is near the Parkway Bend site and will form part of a fire break on the mountain.
The Lower Slopes prescribed fire will continue work started in the spring to remove fuel, creating part of a fire guard designed to prevent wildfire spread to Revelstoke.
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