Gateway Gazette

Banff National Park: Snarl Peak Wildfire

Background

  • July 14 2015
    July 14 2015

    On July 14, a lightning-caused wildfire was spotted on the north slopes of Snarl Peak in Banff National Park, approximately 80 km north of the Banff townsite in a remote area of the Clearwater river valley.

  • The current size of the fire is approximately 300 hectares.
  • Due to the remote location and terrain, Parks Canada fire crews are using indirect fire management techniques through ignition and aerial support to contain the fire to Banff National Park.
  • Fire crews from Mount Revelstoke-Glacier and Prince Albert national parks are on hand to assist with Banff crews.
  • An area closure has been put in place until further notice in the lower Clearwater river valley.
  • To ensure visitor safety, a thorough sweep of the area was conducted. There were no users in the area and backcountry bookings for the area have been closed. Crews continue to sweep inside and outside the closure area to continue to ensure safety.

Additional information

  • The first priority of the Parks Canada Agency Fire Management program is to ensure public safety and to protect natural and cultural values at risk. The program is also designed to restore and maintain the ecological condition of the park ecosystem.
  • We are experiencing drier than normal conditions throughout the park and significant amounts of rain will be required to help extinguish the fire.
  • Although the fire is in a remote region of the park, motorists may see helicopters and fire crews in the area and occasional localized smoke.
  • A fire ban remains in place for Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.
    Park visitors are reminded to always dispose of cigarettes in proper receptacles. Promptly report all wildfires in Banff, Yoho or Kootenay national park by calling Banff Dispatch at 403-762-4506, or 911.

For more information:

Fire Communications Officer, Banff Field Unit: fire.info@pc.gc.ca

Fire Ban: What is happening? Why?

A fire ban has been issued for Banff National Park as a precautionary measure.

This fire ban is in place to ensure visitor safety and for the protection of park infrastructure due to the current wildfire situation in Western Canada (multiple existing wildfires within national parks and neighbouring agencies).

Lighting or maintaining fires within the park is strictly prohibited effective July 10, 2015.

The fire ban applies to all day-use areas, campgrounds, the Town of Banff, and the backcountry within Banff National Park.

Visitors and residents are only permitted to use gas or propane stoves during the fire ban. The use of charcoal briquettes is prohibited.

The fire ban restriction will be lifted as soon as conditions permit.

For general inquiries contact: fire.info@pc.gc.ca

Report any suspicious smoke or illegal campfires to Banff Dispatch 403-762-4506

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