Canada Crews continue to battle Verdant Creek forest fire in Kootenay National Park

08:10  17 july  2017
08:10  17 july  2017 Source:   CBC

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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

Crews continue to battle Verdant Creek forest fire in Kootenay National Park: Smoke can be seen from the Verdant Creek fire in Banff and Kootenay National Parks.<br /> © N. Woode Smoke can be seen from the Verdant Creek fire in Banff and Kootenay National Parks.

Crews continue to battle a wildfire in the Verdant Creek area west of Calgary, which has forced the closure of parts of Banff and Kootenay National Parks.

First spotted on Saturday morning, the fire was estimated to be between 150 and 200 hectares.

Officials said it grew in size overnight but conditions were too smoky on Sunday to estimate its size.

  • Wildfire closes parts of Banff and Kootenay National Parks

"It's a very narrow valley with very steep terrain so it's not safe at this time to put crews on the ground," said Jane Park, incident commander for the fire.

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"We've primarily been actioning the fire through bucketing with helicopter resources. We've managed to work on some of the flanks we're trying to keep from spreading … but it's fairly difficult with these conditions and the wind we're experiencing right now."

Several popular hiking trails in Banff and Kootenay National Parks are closed until at least Tuesday and backcountry reservations have been cancelled because of the fire.  

In Kootenay National Park, the area closure includes the Honeymoon Pass/Verdant Creek and Simpson River trails. In Banff National Park, the closure includes all of the Egypt Lake trails, including Healy Pass, Simpson Pass, Whistling Valley and Pharoah Creek.

Those with backcountry reservations in the closed areas should contact 403-762-1556 or visit the Banff National Park Visitor Centre.

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The fire is about 10 kilometres northwest of the Sunshine Village ski area, said Park, however that remains open.

Shadow Lake Lodge and other tourism operations in the area are also open. Hawk Creek Trail to Ball Pass as well as Redearth Trail to Ball Pass both remain open. Highway 93 South also remains open to vehicle traffic.

The surrounding communities of Banff, Lake Louise and Radium Hot Springs are not at risk.

Parks Canada crews are also battling small wildfires in the Amiskwi Valley and Emerald Lake areas of Yoho National Park, however there are currently no associated area closures.

With smoke from those fires, as well as ongoing fires in B.C., being pushed east, a special air quality statement was issued by Environment Canada for much of southern Alberta, advising those experiencing difficulty breathing to stay indoors.

"Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath," reads the statement. "Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk."

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A fire ban has been issued for Jasper National Park due to elevated fire danger, parks officials said Tuesday. The ban covers the entire park including all front and backcountry campgrounds and day-use areas.The Municipality of Jasper has also issued a fire ban for the Jasper townsite.Under the ban, lighting or maintaining fires anywhere in the national park is now strictly prohibited, parks officials said in an information bulletin.

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