Gateway Gazette

Jasper National Parks: Excelsior Creek Wildfire Update

 

Photo taken at 7:10pm on July 9 2015
Photo taken at 7:10pm on July 9 2015

Parks Canada is currently responding to a Wildfire in the Maligne Valley area North of Medicine Lake in Jasper National Park. For public safety, Maligne Lake road is now closed and visitors in the Maligne Valley are being evacuated.
RCMP and Parks Canada are flagging the traffic on Highway 16 and Maligne Lake Road intersection, expect delays. We thank you in advance for your patience.

A park wide fire ban is now in effect for Jasper National Park. Please report all fires to Jasper dispatch 1-780-852-3100.

Reported at 3:30 (July 9th), 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. Lightning is currently the suspected cause of the fire. The fire has likely been smouldering underground since the strike, and the recent hot, dry conditions brought it to life.

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