Canada Wildfire blazing near Alberta's border forcing closures in Banff National Park

09:20  16 july  2017
09:20  16 july  2017 Source:   Calgary Herald

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A wildfire is blazing near Alberta ’ s edge and has lead to closures in Banff and Kootenay National Parks . A wildfire in the Verdant Creek area of Kootenay Saturday afternoon forced outdoor enthusiasts to exit the eastern boundary of Kootenay National Park from the Simpson River

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A wildfire is blazing near Alberta’s edge and has lead to closures in Banff and Kootenay National Parks. 

A wildfire in the Verdant Creek area of Kootenay Saturday afternoon forced outdoor enthusiasts to exit the eastern boundary of Kootenay National Park from the Simpson River to the boundary of Banff National Park, including the Simpson Pass Trail. 

“As some of you can see, smoke has (entered) Banff from a wildfire approximately 26km as the crow flies in Kootenay park.,” wrote Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen on Facebook.

“Parks Canada is attacking the fire with rotary wing water bucket tactics and at this point, there is no immediate threat to Banff and no town resources have been requested. Fire Dept. is in direct contact with the fire and vegetation crews.”

Portion of Banff closed due to wildfires

  Portion of Banff closed due to wildfires Portion of Banff closed due to wildfires A portion of Banff and Kootenay National Park remains closed Sunday due to a wildfire in the area.  Parks Canada closed the park on Saturday morning as fire crews battle the fire in the Verdant Creek area of Kootenay National Park while dispatching helicopters to help keep the blaze under control.As a precautionary measure, Parks Canada evacuated the Egypt Lake, Redearth Pass and Healy Pass areas while ensuring that backcountry campsites and trails in the area are cleared.

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Activties such as hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, golfing and rafting are all near Sundance Lodges. Website: Click Here! Campgrounds in Banff National Park are on a first come, first serve basis.

Hikers, campers and backcountry users are being turned around and backcountry campers permits are cancelled until further notice. 

“Visitors safety is a priority for Parks Canada and this closure has been implemented to ensure public safety and visitors are prohibited from entering the area,” read a Parks Canada bulletin on their website. 

In a emailed statement, Parks Canada said the closure was a precautionary measure as its crews worked to assess and manage the fire.

The agency also noted Sunshine Village and its facilities are not affected by the closure and remain open.

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