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Snarl Peak Wildfire Update – August 1, 2015

August Long Weekend 2015

Visiting Banff National Park this Long Weekend? Check Out These Hidden Gems!

Banff area
Within the Town of Banff downtown area, it is most easy to enjoy a visit when you park your car or RV and walk or bicycle around town. For areas near the downtown, take Roam public transit. It’s just easier!

Lake Louise area
Visitors who are travelling to the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake areas should expect delays due to limited parking during peak travel hours. For best enjoyment arrive before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. to avoid delays and road restrictions.

Shuttle Bus to Moraine Lake
Parks Canada is pleased to offer a free return shuttle service from the Lake Louise Overflow Parking Lot to the Moraine Lake Parking Lot on
August 1, 2, 3. Shuttle Schedule

Parks Canada Approves Site Guidelines for Lake Louise Ski Area 

August 1, 2015 Lake Louise, Alberta - Blake Richards, Member of Parliament for Wild Rose, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the approval of the Lake Louise Ski Area Site Guidelines for Development and Use. The approved Guidelines, developed in collaboration with the Lake Louise Ski Area, include major gains in conservation, visitor experience and education for one of Canada’s most iconic winter destinations.

Fire Ban in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks has been lifted - July 17, 2015

Due to the recent rain and cooler temperatures, the fire ban in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks has been lifted effective July 17, 2015. The fire ban in Jasper, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks were lifted earlier this week.

NOTE: The fire ban in Redstreak campground in Kootenay National Park remains in place due to dry conditions and in support of a province-wide fire ban within the area.

Fires are now permitted in designated fire pits in campgrounds and day-use areas, and within designated metal fire rings in the backcountry of Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks.

Snarl Peak wildfire update - August 1, 2015

July 31, 2015

What’s happening:

On July 14, a lightning-caused wildfire was spotted on the north slopes of Snarl Peak in Banff National Park, approximately 80 km north of the Town of Banff in a remote area of the Clearwater River valley. The current size of the fire is approximately 400 hectares.

Fire activity increased in the area yesterday due to high temperatures, low humidity and high winds. Smoke columns were visible from the Icefields Parkway and east toward the Sundre area.

Though this fire is in a remote location, Parks Canada continues to monitor the fire behaviour and will use indirect fire management techniques to contain the fire. If conditions allow, burnout operations may occur in the next few days to prepare containment lines (sprinkler and cut lines)‎. Parks Canada is also collaborating with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to mitigate impacts to users on neighbouring provincial lands.


An area closure is in place until further notice from the lower Clearwater River valley from Roaring Creek/Martin Lake junction on the west to the eastern park boundary near Indianhead creek on the east.

Please check the following website for the most current closure information

Additional information

  • The first priority of the Parks Canada Agency Fire Management program is to ensure public safety and to protect natural and cultural values at risk. The program is also designed to restore and maintain the ecological condition of the park ecosystem.
  • We are experiencing drier than normal conditions throughout the park and significant amounts of rain will be required to help extinguish the fire
  • Although the fire is in a remote region of the park, motorists may see helicopters and fire crews in the area and occasional localized smoke.
  • Sprinkler systems to protect facilities are in place around the Indianhead Warden Cabin and associated cultural site.
  • There is no fire ban in place for Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, or Jasper.

Next update: As new information is available.

Park visitors are reminded to report all wildfires in Banff, Yoho or Kootenay national park by calling Banff Dispatch at 403-762-4506, or 911.

Fire Communications Officer, Banff Field Unit