Gateway Gazette

Waterton Lake Wildfire Update: August 18, 2015 1000 hrs

 

What’s Happening?

The status of the Waterton Lake wildfire is now ‘Being Held’. The fire is 70% contained and given current firefighting resources and the weather forecast, no further fire growth is anticipated. Six crews and two helicopters are actioning the fire today. The Park Canada crews come from Waterton Lakes, Prince Albert, Yoho, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks as well as two contracted crews.

Parks Canada continues to work with the US National Park Service to manage a forest fire near Goat Haunt, Glacier National Park. The fire remains approximately 10 hectares (25 acres) in size. It is on the slopes of Campbell Mountain, on the west side of Upper Waterton Lake, in Glacier National Park.

Background:

On Friday, August 14, Parks Canada crews responded to a report of a forest fire from US National Park staff at Goat Haunt, Glacier National Park. A helicopter, which was on standby in Waterton Lakes National Park, was immediately deployed to bucket the fire. The fire initially spread south, is approximately 100 m wide and 1 km long. The evacuation alert that was issued for the Waterton Park townsite Friday night was lifted Saturday morning.

Restrictions and Closures

Waterton Lakes National Park: (see Important Bulletins at www.parkscanada.gc.ca)

  • Lakeshore trail from the junction with Bertha Lake trail to Boundary Bay, and Boundary Creek trail from Summit Lake to Boundary Bay.
  • Pass Creek Day Use Area is closed because it is being used as the camp for the fire crews.

Glacier National Park: (http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/infobull/closures.cfm.)

Trail Closures

  • Boulder Pass Trail from Francis Lake Campground to Goat Haunt
  • Boundary Trail from Goat Haunt to the International boundary
  • Waterton Valley Trail from Stony Indian Junction to Goat Haunt

Back Country Campground Closures

  • Goat Haunt Shelter
  • Waterton River Campground, Kootenai Lakes Campground, Janet LakeCampground, Lake Francis Campground

*Waterton Shoreline Cruises boat is still running from Waterton to Goatwith no back country access

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