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

Prince Albert National Park


Rabbit Creek Wildfire. Update: June 4, 2018

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.

Current priorities

  • 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!

Quick facts

Location: Primarily within Prince Albert National Park.

Size (approx.): 36,665 hectares and ‘being held’

Resources: All required resources have been deployed to this incident.

  • 1 helicopter
  • 3 pieces heavy equipment
  • 21 Parks Canada fire personnel

More information: Email the Fire Information Officer at panp.fire@pc.gc.ca.


Map

  • Points of active fire as of June 4, 2018.
    Points of active fire

    How to interpret this map of Rabbit Creek Wildfire:

    1. The colours that make up the fire’s area burned represent its growth from May 8 through May 23. The fire perimeter has not grown significantly since then and fire personnel are extinguishing the fire 30 m (100 ft) in from the perimeter.

      Smoke may be visible over the coming weeks as islands of unburned vegetation deep within the fire unit ignite and burn out. Other pockets of unburned vegetation will survive and are called fire refugia. They represent important safe havens for plants and animals.
    2. The black stars represent points of fire activity that are detected through remote infrared imaging done early in the morning. A helicopter flies over the fire and uses GPS to mark any areas that are still have active fire. Crews will go back and extinguish those areas from the ground and by air.
    3. The arrows indicate distance between the fire and communities. Vegetation types, topography and weather become important factors in determining how quickly fire might spread and varies from one day to the next.

      Deciduous trees such as birch and aspen, and understory vegetation like hazel that have leafed out burn more slowly than conifers such as pine and spruce. Those deciduous trees, which make up much of the mixed wood forest found between the fire and communities, in addition to wetlands and recent precipitation all work to slow a fire’s progression.
  • Map of the Rabbit Creek Fire as of June 4, 2018.
    Map of the Rabbit Creek Fire
    We now estimate that the wildfire now covers an area of approximately 36,665 hectares.
  • Closures map of the Rabbit Creek Fire as of June 4, 2018
    Closures map of the Rabbit Creek Fire

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


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


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