Safety is Parks Canada's first priority. We continue to monitor the park for new wildfires and are ready to respond quickly. Report any sign of wildfire to Parks Canada Dispatch 780-852-6155.

Portal Creek - Extinguished
Fire update: Portal Creek
Time Notes
August 5, 2018:
1:30 pm
The small wildfire in the Portal Creek area from August 4, 2018 is extinguished. Parks Canada continues to monitor the park for new wildfires and is ready to respond quickly. Report any sign of wildfire to Parks Canada Dispatch 780-852-6155.

Background

On Saturday, August 4, a small fire was reported in the Portal Creek area. Responders took immediate action to suppress the fire using a helicopter to bucket water.

Wabasso Lake - Extinguished
Fire update: Wabasso Lake
Time Notes
August 1, 2018:  1:15 pm The small wildfire in Jasper National Park from July 30, 2018 is extinguished. Parks Canada continues to monitor the park for new wildfires and is ready to respond quickly. Report any sign of wildfire to Parks Canada Dispatch 780-852-6155.
July 30, 2018:
2:15 pm
The small wildfire near Wabasso Lake is not expected to spread beyond the initial 0.2 hectares burned. Crews are on the ground making good progress on extinguishing the fire and a helicopter is bucketing water from the nearby lake. This fire is contained and does not pose a risk to people or assets.
July 30, 2018:
9:30 am
Jasper National Park is responding to very small fire near Wabasso Lake. At this time there is no risk to infrastructure or safety and no actions need to be taken by the public. The fire is approximately 0.2 hectares in size, roughly the size of a Canadian Football League end zone. It is located close to the water. Our emergency responders are on site this morning with helicopter support. Additional resources and another initial attack crew is on the way. We will provide an update early this afternoon.

How this might affect you?

Very little smoke is coming from the Wabasso Lake fire. Much of Alberta is currently experiencing hazy conditions as smoke from wildfires burning across North America and Europe drifts over the province.

There are no area closures associated with this fire. Smoke and fire management operations may be visible from the Icefields Parkway and nearby trails. For your safety, please keep an eye out for crews at work and stop only in designated pull offs or day use areas along the highway.

No fire ban is in effect at this time in Jasper National Park, but remember, fires are only permitted in designated fire pits in campgrounds and day-use areas in the national parks.

Background

Smoke was reported shortly after lightning strikes from a passing storm on July 29 resulted in a very small fire near Wabasso Lake. The fire is approximately 0.2 hectares in size.


Current wildfire and fire ban situation

Parks Canada wide fire alerts

Both provinces maintain special wildfire and fire ban information websites:

Alberta

British Columbia

Air quality

For smoke and air quality alerts visit the Environment and Climate Change Canada website.

Road conditions

It is always a good idea to prepare for travel by checking drivebc.ca and alberta511.ca before you head out.