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Saturday, September 16, 2017

September 16 wildfire updates

Municipal District of Pincher Creek Wildfire Update, September 16, 2017, 4:15 pm:

Mandatory Evacuation:
- Remains in effect South of Oil Basin Road (Township 3-2) to Waterton Park boundary.
- Highway 6 remains closed from Oil Basin Road (Township 3-2) to the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 6.

Limited Access to Evacuation Area:
- Residents, and tenants, of the mandatory evacuation area will continue to be permitted to enter the area for a 2 hour time period to attend to livestock and related activities.
- Residents, and tenants, are required to check in at the blockade and provide their driver’s license to RCMP personnel.
- At that time, a “Release of Liability Waiver Form” must be signed prior to entering the area.

Municipal District of Pincher Creek Wildfire Update September 16, 2017, 2:00 pm:

Mandatory Evacuation:
- Remains in place for residents south of Oil Basin Road (Township 3-2) to Waterton Park boundary.
- Highway 6 remains closed from Oil Basin Road (Township 3-2) to the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 6.
Kenow Fire Update:
Within the Evacuation Area:
     - There are active deep ground fires within the evacuation zone.
     - Ground crews continue to suppress these areas and to monitor for hot spots.
     - There will be smoke in the area due to these active deep ground fires.
Within the Castle Area:
     - The fire currently burning in the Castle Area, has not increased in size, however, this fire is still classified as out of control.
     - It remains 23 km from Castle Mountain Resort and 30 km from Beaver Mines.
- Weather is favourable today for ground crews and air craft to enter for assessment and suppression.

Kenow Fire Update – Unified Command - September 16, 2017, 11:00 am:

The Kenow Fire remains active and is classified as out of control. The fire did not demonstrate any further growth over night and the fire is still estimated at approximately 36,000 hectares. We continue to work closely with provincial and local partners and emergency management organizations to contain this wildfire and protect key infrastructure and resources.

Our current priorities continue to be:
- Continuing protection of values and infrastructure;
- Working to establish containment of the fire in strategic locations;
- On-going assessment of impacted values and infrastructure;
- Restoration of key infrastructure to prepare for re-entry.

WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
We wish to remind the public that the Kenow Fire is still active in the area and within the park boundaries. The Evacuation Order remains in effect and the park is closed to all incoming traffic except emergency vehicles and authorized personnel. Even though the townsite is no longer under threat, risks due to the active fire nearby and ongoing fire operations remain. Community members should not attempt to return to the area until advised by Parks Canada.

Parks Canada continues to work to complete the detailed assessment, which includes identifying additional risks within the park. Due to the high intensity of the fire, there are a large number of danger trees, rock falls, and other hazards that remain throughout.

CASTLE BRANCH FIRE SUPRESSION (corrected)
The area of fire within the Castle drainage continues to see minimal activity and remains at 500 hectares. The limited fire behaviour is the result of the weather conditions with approximately 8 millimetres of light rain having been received over the past two days. The use of aircraft was limited due to poor visibility which also limited access for crews.The wildfire remains about 23 kilometres from Castle Mountain Resort and 30 kilometres from Beaver Mines. For more information, visit wildfire.alberta.ca or call 1-866-FYI-FIRE (1-866-394-3473)
WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOUR
· The Kenow Fire has received only minor precipitation over the last few days.
· Increased temperatures, drier conditions and increased wind are forecasted for this weekend. Fire behaviour and activity has the potential to increase with these conditions.

WHAT’S OPEN AND CLOSED
· Waterton Lakes National Park is Closed: www.parkscanada.ca/waterton-kenow-fire Waterton Lakes National Park will be closed until we can assure it is safe to reopen. A safety assessment and any required work will be completed before the park is reopened.
· Calgary Forest Protection Area south of Highway 532 is Closed:http://srd.web.alberta.ca/calgary-area-update


Stay up-to-date through Waterton Lakes National Park’s website, facebook page and twitter feed. Additional information about wildfires in the national mountain parks is available atwww.parkscanada.ca/fire.

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