A wildfire is burning in the Verdant Creek area west of Calgary affecting Banff and Kootenay National Parks.
Spanning 5,100 hectares, Parks Canada fire management specialists say the Verdant Creek wildfire is not a threat to local communities.
However officials says, “warmer temperatures will continue to produce increased fire activity along the remote southern boundary of the Verdant Creek fire. This activity, along with potential burn out operations will potentially produce a large smoke column that may be visible from the Bow and Columbia Valleys in the afternoons, and may settle into valley bottoms in the evening. This pattern is expected to continue for a few days.”
The burn out could also potentially bring more smoke into Calgary over the next few days. The current air quality health index in the city is sitting at 5, putting us at ‘moderate risk’ on the 10-point scale.
Calgarians have taken to social media to document what the city has looked like with the influx of smoke over the last 24 hours. If this is any indication, we suggest staying indoors if you have medical problems and not washing your car for another few days.
There’s a haze in my city of Calgary due to the fires in B.C. I feel for those families in BC who are being affected by these fires, trust me Alberta, we have the LEAST of what’s happening in BC. MAJOR props to those emergency responders who are battling the flames and the conditions as a result of the flames and smoke. My thoughts are with you all. #bcfires #alberta #britishcolumbia #smoke #support #ifeelforyou #thoughtsarewithyou #sendingpositivethoughts #haze #yyc #dmboddy #thankyou #firefighters #police #ems #emergencyresponders