Rabbit Creek Wildfire
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 - Area Closures
Rabbit Creek Wildifre is now ‘being held’ – not extinguished but not expected to grow with the current weather forecast and assigned fire personnel. Parks Canada will continue to patrol the fire perimeter for remaining hotspots.
There will be no further updates on Rabbit Creek Wildfire unless there are significant changes.
Prince Albert National Park is open, trails are in good condition and businesses in Waskesiu look forward to another busy season.
The fire ban for Prince Albert National Park has been lifted.
What you need to know
- There is no risk from Rabbit Creek Wildfire to people in Prince Albert National Park.
- Smoke may be visible over the coming weeks as pockets of vegetation deep within the fire area burn, but it will be short-lived and should not affect the quality of peoples’ visit.
Closures remain in place for:
- Hunters Lake Trail
- Cookson Road from the south boundary of Prince Albert National Park by the Cookson Pasture to Mayview Road.
- Fire crews will continue to patrol the fire’s perimeter and extinguish hotspots with support from a helicopter with water bucket
Parks Canada wishes to thank all of the community partners, contractors, provincial emergency management organizations and wildland firefighting agencies from across Canada who assisted in managing Rabbit Creek Wildfire. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Points of active fire as of June 4, 2018.
Map of the Rabbit Creek Fire as of June 4, 2018.
Closures map of the Rabbit Creek Fire as of June 4, 2018
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.
For more information
- Call the Visitor Centre 306 663 4522
- Contact email@example.com or
- Visit firesmartcanada.ca or watch this video on FireSmart Home Ignition Zone
As weather conditions and fire behaviour change, increased smoke may be visible throughout the park and surrounding area.
- For more information about the impact of smoke visit Saskatchewan Healthline or call Saskatchewan’s Health Line: 8-1-1
- Smoke forecast map
- Weather and air quality advisories
- The Canadian Wildland Fire Information System website provides estimates of the fire perimeter.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Visitor Centre 306 663 4522 for more information.
- Emergencies only: Call 9-1-1 if you see fire on your personal property. Call FireWatch 1(800) 667-9660 to report wildfires.
Fire information archives
- View the archive of fire information updates released by Parks Canada during the Rabbit Creek Wildfire.