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Thursday, September 21, 2017

September 21 Kenow fire updates

Alberta Wildfire: RE BAN & OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE RESTRICTION LIFTED The ban and off-highway vehicle restriction has been lifted for the Calgary Forest Area, south of Hwy 532. A Fire Restriction is now in place
Municipal District of Pincher Creek Wildfire Update September 21, 2017, 4:30 pm:

Kenow Fire Update:
- The fire status is now considered “being held”.
- The fire remains at 38,151 ha. Within the Castle Area:
- Remains at 221 ha.
- Remains 23 km from Castle Mountain Resort and 30 km from Beaver Mines.

Within the south portion of the MD:
- Fire crews remain active within the area suppressing the deep ground fires and monitoring for hot spots.
- Smoke will continue to be evident in the area until these fires have been fully extinguished.
- Residents are reminded to remain vigilant to emergency vehicles, smoke and wildlife in the area.
- Although smoke from the ground fires may be present until the fires are completely extinguished, should the smoke be deemed emergent, please call 911.

Kenow Fire Update - Unified Command - 1:00 pm:

Note: Updates will be provided only when there is a significant change in fire activity or closures.

The Kenow Fire is now classified as being held. The fire remains active and covers an area of approximately 38,100 hectares. We continue to work closely with provincial and local partners to contain this wildfire and protect key infrastructure and resources. Fire activity, including smoke and flame may continue to be visible to the public in some areas.

WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Residents, leaseholders and business owners returned to Waterton September 19 to clean up any ash or debris on their properties before Parks Canada re-opens the park to the public.

Waterton Lakes National Park is now open to the public. In the village of Waterton, visitors may access the Townsite Loop Trail, Cameron Falls and Cameron Bay Day Use Area. Four washrooms at the Playground, Cameron Falls, Heritage and the Fire Hall are open. Some picnic areas and shelters and the playground are also available in the village. At this time, camping is not permitted in the Townsite Campground, nor the Pass Creek winter campsite. Some businesses may be open; however, visitors coming to the park should be prepared with basic supplies. Visitors can get information from the information desk at the Parks Canada Operation Building from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 7 days a week.

CASTLE BRANCH FIRE SUPRESSION
The area of fire within the Castle drainage has seen minimal activity over the past few days and remains at 221 hectares in size. Aircraft and crews continue to work on this section of the fire as required. The wildfire remains approximately 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 at 1-866-394-3473.

WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOUR
A cold with cooler temperatures and limited precipitation will last until temperatures are expected to return to mid-teens this weekend.

WHAT’S OPEN AND CLOSED
At this time, only the Entrance road, Chief Mountain Road, and the town of Waterton are open. All other roads and areas in the park remain closed for safety reasons. Due to the high intensity of the fire, there are a large number of danger trees, rock falls, and other hazards that remain throughout the park.

· For the most up-to-date information, please consult www.parkscanada.ca/waterton-kenow-fire
· For more info on the status of the Calgary Forest Protection Area south of Highway 532, visit: 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.

To subscribe or unsubscribe to these updates, write to kenowfire.waterton@pc.gc.ca. For general inquiries, contact the Information Line at 403-859-5109 or write tokenowfire.waterton@pc.gc.ca.

Ranchlands Victim Services Society provides service to all victims of crime or tragedy in the service provision area. 24/7 support is available 365 days a year. Support information and referrals are provided to victims of crime and tragedy. 1369 Hunter Street. Box 1118, Pincher Creek T0K 1W0. 403-627-6040, ranchlandsvictimservices@gmail.com

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