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Kenow Wildfire: impact on the landscape

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Video opens with an early-morning shot of a smoky valley in Waterton Lakes National Park

Text on screen: These images were taken in Waterton Lakes National Park soon after the Kenow Wildfire in September 2017. They show the variable impact the wildfire had on the landscape and infrastructure.

Video cuts to a shot of burnt trees

Aerial shot of a smoky Blakiston Valley

Aerial shot of the Entrance Road near the Bear's Hump trailhead, showing how the perimeter protection around the Waterton Townsite helped keep the wildfire at bay

Various aerial shots showing the Waterton Townsite, Akamina Parkway, Prince of Wales hotel, Crandell Mountain Campground and Theatre and patches of burnt and smoldering trees in a forest

A sequence of shots showing damaged trail signs, road signs and picnic areas along the Akamina Parkway

Aerial shot of Crandell Mountain Campground

A wide aerial shot of view looking south into the park taken from the north-east park boundary line

Aerial shot of the burned forest around the Blakiston Falls viewing platforms

Video shows silhouette of burned trees against a vivid blue sky

Shot of the destroyed Crandell Theatre

Wide aerial shot of Waterton Lakes National Park

Image of the spring green-up in the park

Image of spring wildflowers in the park

Text on screen: These images were taken in May 2018

Finally, video shows an aerial shot of the Prince of Wales hotel with Waterton Townsite in the background

Text on screen: For more information, visit our website: parkscanada.gc.ca/waterton-open

Wildlife and wildfire - Waterton Lakes National Park

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Text on screen: This timelapse video was created using images from a remote camera which was attached to a tree as the Kenow Wildfire burned in Waterton Lakes National Park

Text on screen: Each frame shows the time, date and temperature

An example of the time, date and temperature text appears at the top of the frame

Images of deer on the trail

Text on screen: Mule deer pass through two days before the fire

A skunk uses the trail at night

Text on screen: A skunk goes by just hours before the fire reached the area

A timelapse video sequence of the wildfire approaching and burning through the area

Text on screen (with an arrow pointing to the temperature readout at the top): The temperature gauge reached 58 degrees C.

A bear walks along the trail

Text on screen: One day after the fire, a black bear explores the area

A cougar walks along the trail at night

Text on screen: A cougar passes through a couple of days after the fire

A fire crew member walks along the trail

Text on screen: A member of the Parks Canada fire crew patrols for hotspots

Images of deer using the trail

Text on screen: Deer in the area a few days after the fire

Text on screen: Most large mammals observed in the days following the wildfire appeared to be alive and healthy

Text on screen: Please give wildlife space to deal with the major changes to the habitat they rely on for survival

Post-fire Renewal: Nature's Journey

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Parks Canada beaver logo fades in and out of screen

Text on screen: Post-fire Renewal: Nature’s Journey

Text on screen: This timelapse video shows the regrowth of a section of grassland in Waterton Lakes National Park following the Kenow Wildfire

Text on screen: A photo was taken from the same spot close to the Red Rock Parkway every day from May to August, compressing 3 months into 10 seconds!

Text on screen: May 2018

A sequence of images (timelapse) shows the grass and other plants growing

June 2018, July 2018 and August 2018 appear as text on the screen as the timelapse continues through the months

Video fades to a black screen

Photos from May, June, July and August dissolve into each other to show the change on the landscape

Parks Canada logo and text fades in and out

Text fades in and out (Copyright Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by Parks Canada, 2018.)

Canada text with Canadian flag fades in and out

One year after the Kenow Wildfire

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Aerial shot of wildfire burning through a forest in Waterton Lakes National Park

Text on screen: In September 2017, the Kenow Wildfire burned in Waterton Lakes National Park

Text on screen: It burned with extreme intensity and moved quickly

Aerial shot of the Blakiston Valley, burnt post fire

Text on screen: Over 19,000 hectares of the park burned that night

Aerial shot of burned trees and smoky valleys

Text on screen: That’s 39% of the park’s area

Photo of two bears feeding on an animal fatality as a result of the fire

Text on screen: The fire’s extreme nature led to some animal casualties

Photo of a bear on the burnt landscape

Video of an elk herd running across the road

Text on screen: But many animals survived

Photo of an elk on burned landscape

Text on screen: Most large mammals observed soon after the fire appeared healthy

Photo of a moose among the burned trees

Remote camera images of a black bear on a trail

Text on screen: This is a local black bear two days after the fire

Remote camera images of the bear walking through the snow

Text on screen: She was healthy as she moved into hibernation

A mom bear and her three cubs cross the Entrance road in Waterton Lakes National Park

Text on screen: In the spring of 2018 she emerged with three cubs

Shot of spring wildflowers with burnt forest in the background

Text on screen: Grasses and other plants had regrown quickly

Remote camera video of the mom bear and her three cubs

Text on screen: The bear family were able to feed on the post-fire landscape

Zoom in to the bear and three cubs bathing in a lake

Text on screen: In late summer, they moved into unburned areas in search of berries

Night-time remote camera shot of the bear and her three cubs walking along a trail

Text on screen: Late summer and fall are critical times for bears to gain fat before hibernation

Photo of an elk herd on Blakiston Fan

Text on screen: Waterton’s wildlife are adapting to the fire-affected landscape

Aerial shot of Waterton Townsite and surrounding areas

Text on screen: The Kenow Wildfire has created big changes in Waterton Lakes National Park

Aerial shot of the Blakiston Valley and Red Rock Parkway

Text on screen: Renewal may take years and look different but it is already taking place

Shot of a bear walking along the Akamina Parkway

Text on screen: Wildfire is a natural process

Text on screen: Nature finds a way