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Wildfire Information: Jasper National Park

Excelsior Wildfire Update

July 9, 2015 at 10:00pm

What's Happening?

Parks Canada's team in Jasper, with support from the province of Alberta, continues to work toward extinguishing a wildfire near Excelsior Creek in Maligne Valley. Public safety is the top priority and Parks Canada with support from the RCMP and Jasper Community Outreach Services, has been evacuating visitors from the Maligne Valley. This includes backcountry users on the Skyline Trail, Maligne Lake and Jacque Lake Trail. Backcountry users on Maligne Lake will remain at their sites as they are a long distance from the fire.

As Fire Danger is Extreme and Jasper's fire team is concentrating resources on the Excelsior Wildfire, a fire ban has been issued for all of Jasper National Park. Lighting or maintaining fires in the park is now strictly prohibited effective July 9, 2015.

Background
Reported at 3:30 yesterday afternoon, the fire is approximately 15 km south of the town of Jasper and is currently moving south in the Maligne Valley, away from the townsite. Visitors are being evacuated from the valley, the Skyline trail and Maligne Lake, and Maligne Lake Road has been closed.

Lightning is the cause of the fire. THe fire has likely been smouldering underground since the strike, and the recent hot, dry conditions brought it to life.

Closures
Maligne Road is closed as well as trails along Skyline. This includes Maligne Lake, Maligne Canyon, Maligne Canyon Hostel and Jacques Lake Trail.


Fire Danger is expected to remain High to Extreme.
Despite recent forecasted rain, forest fuels are dry, particularly in valley bottoms. 
Please be extra careful with all sources of flame. Report and suspicious fires of smoke by calling 911.

For more information, contact Kim Weir at 780-852-6169 or email kim.weir@pc.gc.ca

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