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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Waterton Lake Fire update, Fire Ban lifted



Waterton Lakes fire fighter
Photos courtesy Parks Canada
Parks Canada

Parks Canada continues to work with the US National Park Service to manage a forest fire near Goat Haunt Montana, Glacier National Park. The fire remains approximately 10 ha in size. Five crews and three helicopters are actioning the fire today. The weather forecast continues to call for cooler temperatures, some precipitation and lighter winds.

The fire ban that was posted on Thursday has been lifted.

Background:

Parks Canada crews responded to a report of a forest 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. The fire is on the slopes of Campbell Mountain, on the west side of Upper Waterton Lake.

Restrictions and Closures

Waterton Lakes National Park:

(see Important Bulletins at www.parkscanada.gc.ca)
  • 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)
  • BoundaryCreek trail, and Summit Lake trail
  • Pass Creek Day Use Area
  • Bertha Lake, Summit Lake and Carthew-Alderson Trails will be open Monday, August 17.
Glacier National Park:
(http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/infobull/closures.cfm.)

Trail Closures
  • Boulder Pass Trail from Francis Lake Campground to Goat Haunt
  • Boundary Trail from Goat Haunt to the International boundary
  • Waterton Valley Trail from Stony Indian Junction to Goat Haunt
Back Country Campground Closures
  • Goat Haunt Shelter
  • Waterton River Campground
  • Kootenai Lakes Campground
  • Janet Lake Campground
  • Lake Francis Campground
Waterton Shoreline Cruise boat is still running from Waterton to Goat Haunt with no back country access


Fire fighter and lightning struck tree, Waterton Lake Fire

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