Parks Canada is actively managing the Rabbit Creek Wildfire in Prince Albert National Park with all necessary resources.

The Agency is working diligently with provincial counterparts, local rural municipalities and communities to ensure that any potentially affected residents are informed and safe.

This page is where you will find up-to-date information related to this wildfire. Please check back regularly.

Important Bulletins

Prince Albert National Park

Rabbit Creek Wildfire. Update: June 21, 2018

The status of the Rabbit Creek Wildfire remains ‘being held’ – not extinguished but not expected to grow with the current weather forecast and assigned Parks Canada fire personnel. The Rabbit Creek Wildfire currently has no impact on visitor activities within Prince Albert National Park.

The park is open and ready for visitors to explore and enjoy!

Prince Albert National Park would like to thank all of our provincial partners, local rural municipalities and communities for their support during wildfire operations. We would also like to thank the brave Parks Canada and provincial fire operations personnel for their combined efforts during this wildfire incident.

Information for residents

Residents of nearby Rural Municipalities (RM) are strongly encouraged to contact their RM administration offices for information on evacuation alerts or orders in their area.

The Rabbit Creek wildfire is currently burning in the southern area of Prince Albert National Park. While there is no imminent threat to Waskesiu, there are simple steps that homeowners can take to help reduce the impact of fire within the community.

Please carry out these FireSmart activities to reduce the potential of fire to spread and protect structures of Waskesiu.

  • Outside the house
    • Clean and remove all dead needles, leaves, and dry grass from on or under your house gutters, roofs, and decks/porches and for a minimum of 2 metres surrounding your buildings.
    • This debris may be taken to the staging area on the Narrows Cut-Across Road.
    • Mow or “weed whip” and rake all grass on your lot.
    • Move all firewood piles a minimum of 10 metres away from your house, if possible.
    • Move all combustible items such as patio furniture and cushions, decorative items, door mats, and potted plants inside or a minimum of 10 metres away from your house.
    • Prune and remove limbs on spruce trees in your yard up to 2 metres from ground level.
    • Remove all flammable vegetation for a minimum of 3 metres surrounding any stationary propane tank. Take all movable tanks with you when you leave.
    • Check attic, foundation, and dryer vents to ensure they are screened with 3mm mesh. Use duct tape to temporarily cover damaged vents (be sure to remove tape when you return).
    • Attach a garden hose to your spigot and place a connected sprinkler(s) to reach flammable surfaces of your house (wood shake roof, wood or vinyl siding, decks, yard vegetation). Sprinkler your structure and the surrounding vegetation periodically to keep them moist. Do not turn on your sprinkler when you leave.
  • Should you need to evacuate
    • Close all windows and doors.
    • Turn off fans and air conditioners.
    • Turn off and/or remove any outside propane tanks that are onsite.
    • Turn off connected sprinklers to conserve water supply for firefighters.

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Air quality

As weather conditions and fire behaviour change, increased smoke may be visible throughout the park and surrounding area.

Additional information

Fire information archives