This section contains an archive of fire information updates released by Parks Canada during the Kenow Fire.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Kenow Fire - Information Update - 18.10.2017; 09:00

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

The portion of the fire in the national park is classified as ‘under control’ and is not expected to grow or spread further. Parks Canada continues to monitor and patrol the fire, and will identify and extinguish hot spots as needed.

Small pockets of fuel within the Kenow Fire area in Waterton Lakes National Park have continued burning due to dry and extremely windy conditions. Smoke may still be visible for several weeks and hot spots could continue to smoulder into the winter. These isolated hot spots are contained within the larger burned area and are not considered a hazard to grow and escape. Some smoke was visible in the Cameron Valley along the Akamina Parkway. The recent high winds have blown significant amounts of ash and fine particulate into the air. While this blowing ash and dust may look like smoke it does not pose a fire hazard. It is not necessary to report blowing ash.

The high intensity of the fire resulted in a large number of danger trees, rock falls, deep and hot ash pits and other hazards that continue to pose a safety risk throughout the park. Please respect the area closures. For any fire-related concerns call Parks Canada Dispatch at: 1-888-WARDENS (1-888-927-3367).

Waterton Lakes National Park - what's open and closed

Some areas in Waterton Lakes National Park are now open to the public. Please see our updated list of open and accessible areas. All other frontcountry and backcountry areas (including trails) are closed and being assessed for safety hazards due to the ongoing Kenow Fire.

At this time, camping is not permitted anywhere in Waterton Lakes National Park and all areas west of Upper Waterton Lake remain closed for the safety of the public. Contact the Information Line (403-859-5109) for more information.

Please stop by the information desk at the Parks Canada Operation Building from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday to Friday).

Weather and fire behaviour

-The Kenow Fire status is ‘under control’.
-Small pockets of fuel continue to burn within the fire area due to dry and extremely windy conditions.
-High winds can blow ash and fine particulate into the air, which may look like smoke.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Kenow Fire - Information Update – 03.10.2017; 15:30

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

The portion of the Kenow Fire in Waterton Lakes National Park is now classified as ‘under control’ and ‘being patrolled’, and not expected to spread further, in part due to snowfall in excess of 20 centimetres on October 2. Parks Canada will continue to monitor the situation, and identify and extinguish hot spots as needed.

Smoke may still be visible for several weeks and hot spots could continue to smoulder throughout the winter.

Waterton Lakes National Park - what's open and closed

Some areas in Waterton Lakes National Park are now open to the public. Please see our updated list of open and accessible areas by visiting the Kenow Fire webpage. All other frontcountry and backcountry areas (including trails) are closed and being assessed for safety hazards due to the ongoing Kenow Fire.

The high intensity of the fire resulted in a large number of danger trees, rock falls, deep and hot ash pits and other hazards that continue to pose a safety risk throughout the park. At this time, camping is not permitted anywhere in Waterton Lakes National Park and all areas west of Upper Waterton Lake remain closed for the safety of the public. Please respect the closures.

Contact the Information Line (403-859-5109) for more information.

Please stop by the information desk at the Parks Canada Operation Building from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 days a week).

Weather and fire behaviour

-Approximately 20 centimetres of snow and cooler temperatures on Oct. 2 provided enough suppression to ensure no further spread of the fire.
-Parks Canada will continue to identify and extinguish hot spots as needed. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Kenow Fire Update – 28.09.2017; 19:00

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

Kenow Fire is approximately 38,100 hectares and classified as ‘being held.’ It is not expected to grow beyond its current perimeter given the forecasted weather conditions and resources dedicated to monitoring the situation and extinguishing hot spots as needed. Smoke may still be visible for several weeks until the winter.

Waterton Lakes National Park - what's open and closed

Additional areas within Waterton Lakes National Park re-opened to the public on Thursday, September 28, 2017. They include:

-Bison Overlook
-Maskinonge Overlook only 
-Wishbone Trail
-Kootenai Brown Trail, which runs from the townsite to the park gate
-Kootenai Brown Grave Trail
-Knight’s Lake day-use area
-Hay Barn road and day-use area
-Driftwood Beach
-Linnet Bay day-use area only
-Prince of Wales hill
-Emerald Bay day-use area
-Vimy Trail
-Crypt Lake Trail
-Recreational activities on the surface of Upper, Middle and Lower Waterton Lakes, and Waterton River between Middle and Lower Waterton Lakes only (scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, wind sailing etc. but no motorized craft)

In the village of Waterton, some businesses are open and visitors may access Cameron Falls and Cameron Bay day-use area. Four washrooms at the playground, Cameron Falls, Waterton Heritage Centre and the Fire Hall are open. Picnic areas and shelters are also available in the village.

At this time, camping is not permitted anywhere in Waterton Lakes National Park and all areas west of Upper Waterton Lake remain closed for the safety of the public.

Please stop by the information desk at the Parks Canada Operation Building from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 7 days a week.

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, deep and hot ash pits and other hazards that pose a safety risk to the public remain throughout the park. Please respect the closures.

Weather and fire behaviour

Temperatures were warm, dry and windy all week; however, the current forecast shows potential for precipitation later this weekend.  Fire management personnel will be monitoring the weather to determine further actions to suppress the fire.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Kenow Fire Update – Unified Command – 23.09.2017; 13:00

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

Waterton Lakes National Park is now open to the public and the fire ban has been lifted.
In the village of Waterton, visitors may access 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 is now classified as under control and is 221 hectares in size. It remains approximately 23 kilometres from Castle Mountain Resort and 30 kilometres from Beaver Mines. This area will continue to be monitored.
 
Weather and fire behaviour

Temperatures are expected to return to mid-teens this weekend and last through mid-week.

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.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Kenow Fire Update – Unified Command – 21.09.2017; 13:00

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 flames may continue to be visible to the public in some areas.
 
Waterton Lakes National Park

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

Waterton Lakes National Park is now open to the public. In the village of Waterton, visitors may access 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 front 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 Highway 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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Evacuation Order has been lifted and the park has been re-opened to residents, leaseholders, business owners as well as members of the public, but with significantly reduced services. At this time, only the Entrance road, Chief Mountain Highway and the community 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. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Kenow Fire Update – Unified Command – 19.09.2017; 08:00.

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.

Fire activity is predominantly on the fire perimeter, and at localized hotspots within the perimeter where pockets of unburned fuels remain. Fire activity, including smoke and flame may be visible to the public in some areas, especially in the evening when darkness increases visibility of flames. Unified Command continues to action these areas, as required.

We continue to work closely with provincial and local partners to contain this wildfire and protect key infrastructure and resources. Current priorities are:

-Continuing protection of values and infrastructure;
-Working to establish containment of the fire in strategic locations;
-On-going assessment of impacted values and infrastructure.

Waterton Lakes National Park

A phased re-entry to the Waterton townsite for residents, leaseholders and business owners will occur today. Only those who have been contacted by Parks Canada and fall under these three groups will be allowed entry into the park. We thank you for your ongoing patience and will let the general public know when access to the Waterton townsite is restored. 

We wish to remind the public that the Kenow Fire is still active in the area and within the park boundaries. Parks Canada continues to work to complete a detailed assessment of risks such as danger trees, rock falls, and other hazards.

Castle Branch Fire Supression

The area of fire within the Castle drainage has seen minimal activity over the past few days. The fire is estimated to be 221 hectares in size, which is due to more accurate mapping and measurement rather than a change in the fire's size. Conditions continue to allow for the use of aircraft for both assessment and suppression as required. Crews continue to be deployed on the ground as well. 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 front moving into the area overnight Monday is forecasted to bring cooler temperatures and limited precipitation for the next three days. Fire behaviour and smoke could still be seen under these forecasted conditions.

What's open and closed

Waterton Lakes National Park is closed to the general public. 

Calgary Forest Protection Area south of Highway 532 remains closed at this time.

Monday, September 18, 2017
Kenow Fire Update – Unified Command – 18.09.2017; 12:00.

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

The Kenow Fire remains active and is classified as out of control. Fire activity is predominantly on the fire perimeter, and at localized hotspots within the perimeter where pockets of unburned fuels remain. Fire activity, including smoke and flame may be visible to the public in some areas, especially in the evening when darkness increases visibility of flames. Unified Command continues to action these areas, as required.

The fire did not demonstrate any further growth over night. Improved GPS and satellite imagery mapping that gives a more accurate representation of the area impacted by the fire was conducted yesterday, and we now estimate that the Kenow wildfire covers an area of approximately 38,100 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 are:

-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. While the fire continues to burn, it no longer directly threatens the Waterton Townsite. However, risks due to the active fire nearby and ongoing fire operations remain. 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.

Parks Canada is planning a phased re-entry to the Waterton townsite for residents, leaseholders, and business owners on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Only those who have been contacted by Parks Canada and fall under these three groups will be allowed entry into the park. We thank you for your ongoing patience and we will let you know when access to the Waterton townsite will be permitted for the general public.

Castle Branch Fire Supression

The area of fire within the Castle drainage has seen minimal activity over the past few days. The fire is now estimated to be 221 hectares in size, which is due to more accurate mapping and measurement rather than a change in the fire's size. Conditions continue to allow for the use of aircraft for both assessment and suppression as required. Crews continue to be deployed on the ground as well. 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

-Increased temperatures, drier conditions and increased wind are forecasted for early this week. Fire behaviour and activity has the potential to increase with these conditions.

What's open and closed

Waterton Lakes National Park is Closed. 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.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Kenow Fire Update – Unified Command – 17.09.2017; 11:00

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

The Kenow Fire remains active and is classified as out of control. Fire activity is predominantly on the fire perimeter and at localized hotspots within the perimeter where pockets of unburned fuels remain. The fire did not demonstrate any further growth overnight and 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 are:

-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. 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. Community members should not attempt to return to the area until advised by Parks Canada.

Castle Branch Fire Supression

The area of fire within the Castle drainage continues to see minimal activity and remains at 500 hectares in size. Clear skies yesterday allowed for the use of aircraft for both assessment and suppression. Crews were deployed on the ground and were able to make good progress as well. Similar conditions are expected for today. 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

-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. 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.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Kenow Fire update – Unified Command – 16.09.2017; 11:00.

The Kenow Fire remains active and is classified as out of control. The fire did not demonstrate any further growth overnight and 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

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. 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.

Friday, September 15, 2017
Kenow Fire update – Unified Command – 15.09.2017; 11:00.

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

Our current priorities are:
- 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. Please note that the Evacuation Order is still in effect and the park remains 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.

Castle Branch Fire Supression

The area of fire within the Castle drainage saw little growth yesterday and remains at 500 hectares. The limited fire behaviour continued due to the current weather conditions. Some light rain was received on the fire but unfortunately aircraft were unable to fly on the fire yesterday due to poor visibility. Today crews may begin work on the ground if it is determined that it is safe to do so. 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 at 1-866-394-3473.

Infrastructure update

Through incredible firefighting efforts, we are pleased to confirm that no homes or businesses within the townsite have been lost or damaged due to fire.

The main Prince of Wales Hotel building has not been impacted by fire, however some surrounding facilities are damaged. In addition, the Red Rock and Cameron Lake day-use areas and facilities, including the Alpine Club of Canada hut, have not been damaged due to fire. The Waterton Lakes Golf Course clubhouse sustained minor damage to the exterior.

Regrettably, despite our best efforts, some infrastructure in the park has been lost, including Alpine Stables. Our thoughts are with the community members dealing with the devastating impact of this loss. The Visitor Centre was also lost in the fire and the East Gate Warden Station sustained a total loss of the structure, equipment, and vehicles. Crandell Campground was significantly impacted by fire. Outlying infrastructure around the Parks Canada Operations Compound were impacted and the Bison Paddock suffered damage to the facilities and the fence.

Distribution lines from the park boundary to the townsite sustained significant damage. Parks Canada and Fortis are currently working together to restore power.

We continue 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. Moreover, guardrails, signage, and other minor infrastructure were heavily impacted.

Weather and fire behaviour

-Recent cooler temperature and precipitation have provided some relief.
-Increased temperatures and drier conditions are expected this weekend. Fire behaviour may increase with these conditions.

What's open and closed

-Waterton Lakes National Park is Closed. 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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Kenow Fire Update – Unified Command – 14.09.2017; 11:30

The Kenow Fire still remains active and is classified as out of control. The fire is estimated at approximately 36,000 hectares. Our priorities are to ensure the safety of crews working in the area, protect infrastructure and values, and prevent the spread of the active fire with suppression tactics and containment lines. Helicopters and other aircraft continue to conduct aerial suppression tactics in the area. The Kenow Fire did not demonstrate any growth over night. The townsite itself and the values within it are not considered to be at risk at this time. We are working closely with provincial and local partners and emergency management organizations to contain this wildfire and protect key infrastructure and resources.

Our current priorities are:

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.

Weather and fire behaviour

The fire received 6 millimetres of rain overnight. Despite this precipitation, intense fire behaviour is still possible in these dry conditions.
Cooler temperature and precipitation are providing some relief. The situation remains a serious one with significant effort required, however forecasted weather conditions are turning in our favour and are expected to reduce the likelihood of growth or new fire development.
We expect the fire burned deeply due to the critically dry vegetation.

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. Please note that the Evacuation Oder is still in effect and the park remains closed to all incoming traffic except emergency vehicles and authorized personnel. Even though the townsite is not under immediate threat, there are risks due to the active fire nearby and ongoing fire operations. Community members should not attempt to return to the area until advised by Parks Canada Agency. 

The detailed assessment of infrastructure and facilities is underway and will be available as soon as it is completed. We will be providing additional information regarding the status of infrastructure around the townsite as soon as possible. In the coming weeks, Parks Canada will inform the public once it has determined whether the entry of community and business owners within the park is safe. The high intensity of the fire has severely impacted the landscape within the park. As a result, many areas will remain unsafe.

Our thoughts are with those impacted by the Kenow Fire as well as with the teams working hard to respond to these fires.

Castle Branch Fire Supression

The area of fire within the Castle drainage is at 500 hectares. As of last night, the wildfire was burning on the west side of Sage Mountain and in the adjacent saddle areas. Fire behaviour yesterday was much less aggressive than previous days. Helicopters were bucketing on the wildfire however the airtankers were unable to fly on the fire yesterday due to poor visibility conditions. Heavy equipment completed the dozer guard according to the containment strategy.  The fire was very active on the BC side of the border where the weather was warmer and drier than on the Alberta side. Weather conditions and visibility are preventing aerial action on the fire this morning. This wildfire is 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 at 1-866-394-3473.

What's open and closed

Waterton Lakes National Park is Closed. 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.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Kenow Fire Update – Unified Command – 13.09.2017; 13:00

On September 11th, the Kenow Fire demonstrated aggressive fire behaviour for many hours due to high winds and critically dry fuels. The fire moved north at a high rate of spread along the Akamina parkway, through grasslands along the Waterton Lakes National Park’s Entrance Road and moved outside of the park boundaries. We estimate that the Kenow wildfire now covers an area of approximately 35,000 hectares.  

Weather and fire behaviour

-Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and northeast winds are forecasted. There is a potential for precipitation later this evening, which could provide some relief. Fire behaviour potential is reduced.
-Intense fire behaviour is still possible in these dry conditions. 
-We expect the fire burned deeply due to the critically dry vegetation. 

Waterton Lakes National Park

Fire is still active in the area. Current objectives include ensuring safety, minimizing risk to structures affected by fire, assessing actions and repositioning resources in priority areas, continuing direct suppression action on the fire perimeter, and completing initial damage assessments. 
Completed objectives include successfully removing vegetation in a burnout to further ensure fire protection measures within the Waterton townsite. Containment lines were established in the northeast portions of the park with fire retardant and fire guards. 

Castle Branch Fire Supression

The Castle Branch wildfire is burning on the west side of Sage Mountain. This fire remains at about 500 hectares. Aircraft are working on this fire this morning as the clouds and winds allow. Heavy equipment is also working on establishing containment lines in this area. This wildfire is about 23 km to Castle Mountain and 30 km to Beaver Mines.

What's open and closed

-Waterton Lakes National Park is Closed.
-Calgary Forest Protection Area south of Highway 532 is Closed.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Kenow Fire Update – Unified Command – 12.09.2017; 11:30.

The Kenow Fire firmly established itself in Waterton Lakes National Park yesterday afternoon. Adjacent municipalities were alerted that the fire was moving. The wildfire demonstrated extreme fire behaviour for many hours due to high winds and critically dry fuels.

Burning intensified and the fire moved northeast down the Cameron Valley along the Akamina Parkway. Later in the evening, fire became visible from the townsite and then on the north side of Crandell Mountain. The fire began to move north at a high rate of spread through the grasslands along the park’s Entrance Road.

At this time, the majority of the townsite appears to be intact. Extensive fire protection measures were effective in safeguarding the majority of infrastructure and facilities within the community and at the Prince of Wales hotel.

Firefighters worked tirelessly throughout the night to extinguish spot fires, monitor sprinkler protection, and protect facilities. High volume pumps and sprinkler systems, in combination with planning and fuel management done in previous years, ensured the townsite perimetre held. We expect extremely dry conditions will influence fire behaviour throughout the burning period today. Additional resources have been dispatched to assist. We are expecting a downturn in weather over the next 24 hours.

Overnight, the fire moved north out of the park and into adjacent lands. Affected municipalities and local fire departments are managing those fires outside of the national park and forest protection area. Local evacuation orders are in effect. Parks Canada staff assisted RCMP with the evacuation of residents adjacent to the park.

The wildfire is still affecting many back-country and front-country areas in the park, including the Cameron Valley, the Crandell Mountain area, the Blakiston Valley and grasslands in the north of the park. Elsewhere in the park infrastructure has been compromised. The unified team is assessing conditions on the ground today and will provide updated information as soon as possible.

The fire crossed into the Forest Protection Area in the Castle drainage area and is moving upslope and not towards values at risk at this time. Airtankers and helicopters are working on this area of the fire, supported by heavy equipment group that is establishing predetermined containment lines to act as fire breaks.

Parks Canada understands that this is a very difficult situation and our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the fire. The safety of residents, staff and fire crews and the protection of infrastructure in the community of Waterton are Parks Canada's priorities.

What's open and closed

-Waterton Lakes National Park is closed.
-Calgary Forest Protection Area south of Highway 532 is closed.

Monday, September 11, 2017, 19:15
Kenow Fire Information Update – Unified Command: September 11, 2017;  19:15

Fire movement and behaviour
-Fire is now firmly established in the Cameron Valley along the Akamina Parkway.
-There is also fire in the Tamarack Basin which is expected to grow and move into the Blakiston Valley and towards the Red Rock Parkway.
-We continue to monitor the fire progress.
-Structural protection units will be activated if necessary.
-Extensive infrastructure and facility protection is installed within the townsite including high volume pump and sprinkler systems around the perimeter of town. 
-Highways 5 and 6 are now closed at the boundaries of Waterton Lakes National Park.
-We are expecting similar weather and intense fire behaviour tomorrow.

Smoke

-Intense fire behaviour is generating significant smoke. Wind direction and temperature inversions may result in low-lying smoke in areas north of Waterton, especially at night.
-Exercise caution while driving in the area, especially at night. Check AB 511 for driving conditions. Speed limits or closures may be put in place. 
-Wildfire smoke affects people differently. People with pre-existing health conditions or sensitivities to air pollution are at risk of worsened symptoms from smoke exposure. For smoke and air quality alerts visit: www.airhealth.ca

What's open and closed

-Waterton Lakes National Park is Closed.
-Calgary Forest Protection Area south of Highway 532 is Closed.

Monday, September 11, 2017, 13:00
Kenow Fire Information Update – Unified Command: September 11, 2017; 13:00.

Fire movement and behaviour

-The Kenow Fire travelled another 4.5 km southeast along the Akamina Valley during yesterday’s burning period and as of this morning is approximately 1.5 km from Akamina Pass. It has moved 11.5 km down this valley over the past three days and is approximately 11,400 hectares in size. Intense fire behaviour is forecast for the next two or three days and there is a high probability the wildfire will round the corner at Akamina Pass and enter the Cameron Valley in Waterton Lakes National Park today. The most intense fire behaviour has been taking place between 16:00 and 18:00.
-The unified command team has identified many containment options, including areas for strategic burnouts and sprinkler lines, to slow or stop the wildfire should it enter the park.
-An approximate 50-hectare fire established in the Tamarack Basin within the park boundary. Helicopters are bucketing water to supress this fire today.
-Extensive fire protection resources are installed on critical infrastructure, park resources and in the townsite. Current and incoming resources include 185 personnel, 14 aircraft, multiple fire engines, water tenders, and 16 specialized structural and wildland fire crews.
-A containment strategy consisting of sprinklers and burnouts is ready to prevent the fire from leaving the park, should it be needed.
-The unified team is continuing aggressive suppression action on the fire’s northern flank to stop it from entering the Castle drainages.
-Intense fire behaviour, high winds and smoke continue to impede visibility and fire suppression.

Smoke

-Intense fire behaviour is generating significant smoke. Wind direction and temperature inversions may result in low-lying smoke in areas north of Waterton, especially at night. 
-Exercise caution while driving in the area, especially at night. Check AB 511 for driving conditions. Speed limits or closures may be put in place..
-Wildfire smoke affects people differently. People with pre-existing health conditions or sensitivities to air pollution are at risk of worsened symptoms from smoke exposure. For smoke and air quality alerts visit: www.airhealth.ca

What's open and closed

-Waterton Lakes National Park is Closed.
-Calgary Forest Protection Area south of Highway 532 is Closed.

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 20:00
Kenow Fire Information Update – Unified Command: September 10, 2017; 20:00

As anticipated, the Kenow Fire is demonstrating intense fire behaviour on Sunday evening and continuing to advance southeast along the Akamina Valley. We expect this will continue into the night. There is a high probability the wildfire will reach the B.C. and Alberta border tonight and enter Waterton Lakes National Park near Cameron Lake.

Unified Command is prepared if the fire rounds the corner at Akamina Pass and enters into the park in the Cameron Valley near Cameron Lake. We are activating a mobilized command centre should it be needed and removing support personnel from the park. Wildland and structural crews will remain in the park and townsite to continue firefighting efforts.

An updated will be provided tomorrow as soon as operationally possible.

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 12:30
Kenow Fire Information Update – Unified Command: September 10, 2017; 12:30

Fire movement and behaviour

-The fire is approximately 9,400 hectares in size. From Saturday morning to Sunday morning it moved southeast 5 km along the Akamina Valley. Weather conditions causing intense fire behaviour is expected Sunday through Tuesday.   
-Approximately three small spot fires have ignited in the Tamarack Basin, south of Festubert Mountain in Waterton today. Helicopters are bucketing water on these spot fires. Crews bucketed South Kootenay Pass earlier this morning.   
-Wildfire could reach Akamina Pass today. Crews will conduct an aerial ignition in the Akamina Valley to steer the fire and reduce the potential for ember spotting in Waterton, if conditions allow. 
-Intense fire behaviour and smoke is hampering visibility and fire suppression. 
-Alberta Wildfire continues to bucket with water, foam and retardant on the fire’s north flank.
-Parks Canada and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry have established unified command to integrate common objectives, and to coordinate resources and efforts.
-Resources are fully in place to protect infrastructure and facilities in the Waterton townsite.

Smoke

-Intense fire behaviour is generating significant smoke. Wind direction and temperature inversions may result in low-lying smoke in areas north of Waterton, especially at night.
-Exercise caution while driving in the area, especially at night. Check AB 511 for driving conditions. Speed limits or closures may be put in place. 
-Wildfire smoke affects people differently. People with pre-existing health conditions or sensitivities to air pollution are at risk of worsened symptoms from smoke exposure. For smoke and air quality alerts visit: www.airhealth.ca

What's open and closed

-Waterton Lakes National Park is Closed.
-Calgary Forest Protection Area south of Highway 532 is Closed.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Kenow Fire - Waterton Lakes National Park: September 9, 2017; 18:00.

The Evacuation Order is still in effect and the park remains closed to all incoming traffic except emergency vehicles and authorized personnel.

The Kenow fire is now approximately 8,500 hectares. Yesterday the fire moved 2 kilometres in British Columbia. It continues to move south along the Akamina Valley today. Parks Canada is holding the wildfire at the South Kootenay and Sage passes and managing a small spot fire (0.5 ha.) at Sage Pass. The fire is approximately 15 to 20 kilometres away from the Waterton townsite, as the crow flies, depending on the measuring point. This morning three helicopters continued bucketing water at South Kootenay Pass but had to shut down due to high winds in the afternoon. This work will continue as the wind permits.

Infrastructure and facility protection within the townsite is ongoing. Crews installed an extensive high-volume pump and sprinkler system around the perimetre of town. Fire protection sprinklers are set up on buildings.

Structural fire crews from five municipalities - Calgary, Lethbridge, Coaldale, Taber and Willowcreek - and Parks Canada crews are prepared to extinguish spot fires with water and fire retardant foam in town, at the Prince of Wales hotel and at infrastructure critical to the firefighting effort if necessary. There are approximately 185 personnel, 7 helicopters and many fire engines, water tenders and facility protection resources dedicated to this incident.

Parks Canada and the Province of Alberta are working towards a Unified Command. This approach will allow for combined objectives, resources and information, and improve safety.

What's new

-The Kenow Fire is approximately 8,500 hectares in size and moved 2 kilometres in B.C. overnight.
-The fire has not advanced further into the park but it continues to expand and weather conditions are expected to cause intense fire behaviour for the next three days.
-Smoke conditions can change daily. For smoke and air quality alerts visit: www.airhealth.ca
-Please drive carefully in the area and check AB 511 for road conditions.

What's open and closed

All of Waterton Lakes National Park is closed.

What you need to know

-The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is always Parks Canada’s number one priority.
-Get Alerts on your phone with the Alberta Emergency Alert mobile app.
-Visit the following page for full details on the Kenow Fire, including the Evacuation Order: www.pc.gc.ca/waterton-kenow-fire

Friday, September 8, 2017
Kenow Fire - Waterton Lakes National Park: September 8, 2017; 19:15.

Parks Canada and RCMP have safely evacuated all residents and non-essential personnel from the park. The Waterton townsite is secured. Admittance at the gate is limited to essential personnel.

Intense fire behavior and low visibility caused a risk to safety. To ensure safety, Parks Canada evacuated Waterton. We understand this is a stressful situation and thank everyone for their cooperation, making this a safe and efficient evacuation process.

The fire did not cross Sage Pass or South Kootenay Pass into the park and helicopters were able to bucket water later in the afternoon. Fire crews enhanced Waterton’s infrastructure and facility protection. Yesterday afternoon we successfully burned out approximately 30 hectares of vegetation near South Kootenay Pass, removing this fuel in anticipation of increasing wind and fire behaviour today. Burning these fuels under calmer conditions increased our chances of holding the fire at this location. Weather conditions are expected to increase fire behaviour for the next two days.

What's new

-An evacuation order has been issued for all of Waterton Lakes National Park.
-Current or incoming resources include six fire crews, seven helicopters, a National Incident Management team, high volume pumps, hoses and sprinkler kits and a specialized structural fire protection team. Additional resources are on call if needed.
-So far crews have completed a perimeter line and sprinkler system for the Waterton townsite and are protecting two backcountry warden cabins, three day-use areas, Crandell Mountain Campground, Canyon Church Camp, the Operations compound, the Prince of Wales Hotel, and the Akamina ACC Cabin and ski shelter.

What's open and closed

All of Waterton Lakes national Park is closed.

What you need to know

-The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is always Parks Canada’s number one priority.
-The fire is approximately 7,800 hectares in size.
-Get Alerts on your phone with the Alberta Emergency Alert mobile app.
-Visit the following page for full details on the Kenow Fire, including the Evacuation Order : www.pc.gc.ca/waterton-kenow-fire
-A special air quality statement issued by Environment Canada remains for the area today. Wildfire smoke affects people differently. People with pre-existing health conditions and those who are particularly sensitive to air pollution are at risk of worsened symptoms from smoke exposure. Please drive carefully in the area and check AB 511 for road conditions. For smoke and air quality alerts visit: www.airhealth.ca

For general inquiries contact our Information Line at 403-859-5109.

Evacuation order
EVACUATION ORDER - Waterton Lakes National Park, September 8, 2017, 13:15

Pursuant to Section 36(1) of the National Parks General Regulations of the Canada National Parks Act an Evacuation Order has been issued by order of the Superintendent due to a temporary danger to persons caused by the ongoing wildfire in the park. Members of the RCMP and Parks Canada staff will be expediting this action. Persons deemed essential to the firefighting operation are exempt from this order.

The Evacuation Order is in effect for the following areas:

-All areas in Waterton Lakes National Park, including the Waterton Park townsite and all front-country and back-country trails, facilities and areas except for Highways 5 and 6 and the Chief Mountain border crossing.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

-You must leave the area immediately;
-Follow the travel route provided on the map (see below);
-If you need transportation assistance to leave Waterton, please (a) advise the individual providing you with this in-person notice, (b) go to Waterton Park Community Centre or (c) call 403-859-5109 if you cannot do (a) or (b);
-Close all windows and doors;
-Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers;
-Close gates (latch) but do not lock;
-Gather your family: take a neighbour or someone who needs help;
-Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, important documents, and keys) only if they are immediately available;
-Take pets in pet kennels or on leash;
-Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service;
-Emergency personnel will check all houses and locations and mark them when cleared;
-Travel will only be permitted out of the park. Admittance at the Waterton Lakes National Park gate will be limited to emergency vehicles.
-All evacuees are strongly recommended to register at the Reception and Evacuation Centre located in Pincher Creek at the Vertical Church (1200 Ken Thornton Blvd., located just south of Co-Op and Vista Village), even if you do not require assistance. Registering will provide a record that you were evacuated and enable authorities to contact you with any new information. You can register by email to mdinfo@mdpinchercreek.ab.ca (put in subject line: "Evac Registration") or by phoning 403-904-0021. Please provide name, number in party and contact phone number.

YOU MUST LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Kenow Fire - Waterton Lakes National Park: September 7, 2017; 15:00.

Parks Canada continues to manage portions of the Kenow Fire with potential to impact Waterton Lakes National Park. Today, helicopter crews are working to reduce potential wildfire spread at Sage and South Kootenay passes by bucketing water if possible. The fire management team is assessing options to remove vegetation from South Kootenay Pass. Fire crews are identifying and strengthening natural and human-made landscape features in the Akamina and Red Rock valleys that can act as containment lines to stop or slow the spread of wildfire if it enters the park. The Kenow Fire has not advanced further into the park but it continues to expand. There is no immediate threat. Crews continue progress on community protection by installing high-volume pumps, hoses and sprinkler systems.

What's new

-An evacuation alert is still in effect for all of Waterton Lakes National Park.
-We encourage people to visit alternate destinations if they do not have an immediate need to be here.
-The Kenow Fire has not advanced further into the park but it continues to grow and is approximately 7,800 hectares in size. Five initial attack crews and one crew dedicated to facility protection are on site. Additional crews are available if needed.
-A special air quality statement issued by Environment Canada remains for the area today. Wildfire smoke affects people differently. People who have pre-existing health conditions and those who are particularly sensitive to air pollution are at risk of worsened symptoms from smoke exposure. As temperatures cool overnight smoke may settle in the valley bottoms and affect air quality and visibility. Please drive carefully in the area and check AB 511 for road conditions. For smoke and air quality alerts visit: www.airhealth.ca
-Weather conditions are forecasted to change on Friday which could lead to increased fire behaviour.

What's open and closed

All of Waterton Lakes National Park is closed, with the exception of:

-Townsite
-Highway 5/6 including Entrance Road to Townsite
-Chief Mountain Highway

What you need to know

-The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is always Parks Canada’s number one priority.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Kenow Fire - Waterton Lakes National Park: September 6, 2017; 14:00

Yesterday, Parks Canada issued an evacuation alert for all of Waterton Lakes National Park. The Kenow Fire has not advanced further into the park but it continues to expand. There is no immediate threat, but this pre-emptive alert allows us to be ready for a forecasted change in weather in a couple of days. Parks Canada will continue to manage the fire and plans to use helicopters to bucket water if possible.

What's new

-An evacuation alert was issued for all of Waterton Lakes National Park.
-We encourage people to visit alternate destinations if they do not have an immediate need to be here.
-The Kenow Fire has not advanced further into the park but it continues to grow. Two initial attack crews are currently in transit and a dedicated crew is working on facility protection using water pumps and sprinklers throughout the park and Waterton townsite. Additional crews are available if needed. 
-Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement for the area today. Wildfire smoke affects people differently. People who have pre-existing health conditions and those who are particularly sensitive to air pollution are at risk of worsened symptoms from smoke exposure. As temperatures cool overnight smoke may settle in the valley bottoms and affect air quality and visibility. Please drive carefully in the area and check AB 511 for road conditions. For smoke and air quality alerts visit: www.airhealth.ca
-Weather forecasts predict a change in weather conditions later this week that could lead to increased potential danger or hazards from the Kenow wildfire.

What's open and closed

All of Waterton Lakes National Park is closed, with the exception of:

-Townsite
-Highway 5/6 including Entrance Road to Townsite
-Chief Mountain Highway

What you need to know

-The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is always Parks Canada’s number one priority.
-We expect weather conditions to remain the same for the next few days with light east winds. Smoke from this fire may settle in valleys overnight.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Kenow Fire - Waterton Lakes National Park: September 5, 2017; 18:30

Parks Canada has issued an evacuation alert for all of Waterton Lakes National Park. The Kenow Fire has not advanced further into the park but it continues to expand. There is no immediate threat, but this pre-emptive action allows us to be ready for a forecasted change in weather in a couple days. 

Parks Canada is actively managing parts of the Kenow Fire that have the potential to impact Waterton Lakes National Park. The fire ignited by lighting is primarily in British Columbia but started some small spot fires in Waterton Lakes National Park at the park’s northwestern boundary near Sage Pass. Yesterday, two helicopters worked at suppressing these spot fires from the air. There was about 0.5 hectares of fire in the park at the time. The helicopters will continue bucketing at Sage Pass if needed.

A Parks Canada national incident management team is on site, along with three initial attack crews and five helicopters. Another crew is arriving tomorrow afternoon. The fire management team is assessing containment options. Crews are working on facility protection using water pumps and sprinklers.

Background

Parks Canada first spotted the fire from the air on August 30th in the Kishinena Creek area of British Columbia’s Flathead Valley. On September 2, during a period of hot weather and high winds, the fire expanded east 7 kilometres towards Waterton Lakes National Park. The fire has since grown to approximately 4,500 hectares.

What's open and closed

All of Waterton Lakes National Park is closed, with the exception of:

-Townsite
-Pass Creek, Emerald Bay, Prince of Wales, Linnet Day Use Area
-Highway 5/6 including Entrance Road to Townsite
-Chief Mountain Highway

What you need to know

-The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is always Parks Canada’s number one priority. 
-We expect weather conditions to remain the same for the next few days with light east winds. Smoke from this fire may settle in valleys overnight.

Monday, September 4, 2017
Kenow Fire - Waterton Lakes National Park: September 4, 2017; 18:30hr.

Parks Canada is actively managing parts of the Kenow Fire that have the potential to impact Waterton Lakes National Park.

The fire is primarily in British Columbia but is igniting spot fires in Waterton Lakes National Park at the park’s northwestern boundary near Sage Pass. On Monday, two helicopters are directly bucketing water to suppress these spot fires. There is about 0.5 hectares of fire in the park at this time.

A Parks Canada national incident management team is on site in the national park, along with three initial attack crews and five helicopters. The fire management team is assessing containment options, and crews are working on facility protection, using water pumps and sprinklers. Additional fire management resources are en route to the park. 
 
There is no evacuation alert at this time. The incident is a dynamic situation that could change at any time. 

Background

Parks Canada first spotted the fire from the air when it was five hectares in size on August 30th in the Kishinena Creek area of British Columbia’s Flathead Valley. On September 2, during a period of hot weather and high winds, the fire expanded east 7 kilometres towards Waterton Lakes National Park. The fire has since grown to approximately 4,500 hectares.

What's open and closed

Closures are in effect for Red Rock Parkway, Crandell Campground, all backcountry campgrounds, all visitor use of Cameron Lake, and all hiking trails, with the exceptions below. All off trail hiking/scrambling/climbing in the park is prohibited.

Open hiking trails are the Townsite and Kootenai Brown Trail, Linnet Lake Trail, Bear’s Hump Trail, Bertha Falls/Bertha Lake Trail, Lakeshore Trail, Horseshoe Basin/Oil Basin Loop Trail, Wishbone Trail, Vimy Trail, Crypt Lake/Hell Roaring Falls Trail.

What you need to know

-The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is always Parks Canada’s number one priority. 
-A Parks Canada national incident management team is on site in the national park, along with three initial attack crews and five helicopters. Additional fire management resources are arriving into the park. Parks Canada is coordinating with Alberta and B.C.

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Fire Information Update: September 3, 2017, 18:30.

Kenow Mountain fire at Waterton boundary.

The Kenow Mountain fire, immediately to the west of Waterton Lakes National Park in southeast British Columbia, is now on the park boundary at Sage Pass and South Kootenay Pass.

Parks Canada is actively managing the Kenow Moutain fire with resources on the ground, area closures and more resources arriving. 

There is no evacuation alert at this time. Updates will be provided as the situation warrants.

Background:

Parks Canada first spotted the fire from the air when it was five hectares in size on August 30 in the Kishinena Creek area of British Columbia’s Flathead Valley. The fire has since grown to approximately 4,000 hectares.

Public use of national park lands down valley from Sage and South Kootenay Passes was closed earlier today with the closure of the Red Rock Parkway, Crandell Mountain Campground and all trails in that portion of the park.

What you need to know:

-The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is always Parks Canada’s number one priority.

-A Parks Canada national incident management team is on site in the national park, along with three initial attack crews and three helicopters. Additional fire management resources are arriving. Parks Canada is coordinating with Alberta and British Columbia.

-Several closures are in effect in Waterton Lakes National Park. Please see the linked information bulletin for details on all current closures: Area closure due to Kenow Fire

Additional information about wildfires in the mountain national parks is available here: Fire alerts