Next Creek forests on Darkwoods, BC (Photo by Steve Ogle)

Next Creek forests on Darkwoods, BC (Photo by Steve Ogle)

Darkwoods Conservation Area closed to all access due to large wildfire

July 12, 2021


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has closed all public access to its Darkwoods Conservation Area due to a large wildfire in the Cultus Creek watershed. The fire is currently uncontained, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service. The cause is suspected to be a lightning strike.

NCC is working closely with the B.C. Wildfire Service to monitor and manage the fire on Darkwoods since it first began. Wildfire control and protection is the responsibility of the B.C. Wildfire Service, which is doing what is best for the people of BC. Due to the extreme wildfire situation across the province right now, resources are stretched very thin and priority is given to fires that threaten communities and people.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of staff, contractors and the public. All field work in Darkwoods has been suspended, and all contractors have left the area. All access into Darkwoods is closed at this time. The organization has been working to minimize fuel loads in the conservation area and to clear roadways so they can act as fire breaks.

NCC encourages everyone travelling through BC to please be vigilant with all ignition sources and respect any closures that may be imposed due to wildfires or fire danger.

For any questions regarding this access closure, please contact NCC’s Canadian Rockies Program Office at 250-342-5521.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.

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Media Contact:

Lesley Marian Neilson
Communications Manager
British Columbia Region

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