Mount Revelstoke National Park’s summit area reopens after lightning strikes sparked 12 fires in the park on August 19. Parks Canada staff said in a media release that fire operations are wrapping up. The summit area and the Meadows in the Sky Parkway will reopen to visitors today, August 26.
Parks Canada says fire management teams were able to extinguish the eight “in the intensive zone” on Mount Revelstoke, allowing for summit trails as well as the Eva and Jade Lakes trails and backcountry campgrounds to reopen. The 23 Connector will also reopen.
“The remaining four fires have been assessed according to the fire management and been determined to contribute to ecological benefits for species at risk, such as Whitebark pine,” Parks Canada staff say in the media release. “The fires are not a risk to public safety or assets at this time, and there is no forecast for increased fire behaviour in the upcoming week. The fires are in complex terrain in the backcountry and have little potential for spread. Parks Canada will continue to monitor the fires.”
The Snowforest Campground and the Soren Sorensen (2 and 5 km) trails remain closed for visitor safety and bear management.