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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Waterton Lake Fire update: evacuation alert lifted


Parks Canada
Issued 9:30 am August 15, 2015

What's Happening?


A forest fire ignited yesterday afternoon near Goat Haunt Montana, Glacier National Park. It is on the slopes of Campbell Mountain, on the west side of Upper Waterton Lake. Parks Canada is working cooperatively with the US National Park Service to manage the fire.

The fire is presently approximately 10 ha in size. Two crews and two helicopters will be actioning the fire today. The weather forecast is for cooler temperatures and some precipitation.

The evacuation alert that was issued last night has been lifted.

The area closure issued yesterday remains in effect until further notice.



Background:

Parks Canada crews responded to a report of fire from US National Park staff at Goat Haunt, Glacier National Park. A helicopter, which was on standby in Waterton Lakes National Park, was immediately deployed to bucket the fire. The fire initially spread south and is approximately 100 m wide.

Because of the fire behaviour and changing wind conditions, an evacuation alert was issued for the Waterton Park townsite yesterday evening.

Overnight, the fire area received 3.8 mm of rain. This, along with the cooler temperatures today, means the fire is not expected to grow.

Restrictions and Closures

The area closure issued yesterday remains in effect until further notice:
  • Lakeshore trail from the townsite to Boundary Bay
  • Bertha Lake trail
  • Alderson Lake trail (from the townsite trailhead)
  • Carthew-Alderson trail (from Summit Lake via Carthew Lakes to Alderson Lake) 
  • Boundary Creek trail
  • Summit Lake trail
Link: Important Bulletins at www.parkscanada.gc.ca

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