July 10, 2015

Maligne Valley Wildfire Updates

    Important Information:

    • As of July 16, 2015 the Maligne Valley up to and including the Maligne Hostel have re-opened. Maligne Canyon facilities, Maligne Hostel and all trails below the hostel are now open for use.
    • The upper Maligne Valley, including Maligne Lake, remains closed. Of of Parks Canada's top priorities is to complete the necessary work that will allow for a safe re-opening of the rest of Maligne Road. 
    • The fire ban in Jasper National Park has been lifted. Rain and cooler temperatures have decreased fire danger. It is now permitted to light and maintain fires in designated fire pits. 

    • There are no people or facilities at threat or at risk. No risk to the community at this point, but visitors will notice smoke in the valley. If you are concerned about potential health impacts from smoke, contact your physician or health care professional for advice (Seton Health Care Centre in Jasper).   
    • Be sure to check www.511.alberta.ca regularly for road updates! 
    • Check for fire updates when planning your visit by calling 780-852-3311 for Jasper wildfire information.


    Updated: Friday July 17, 2015 at 10:00AM

      For the most up to date information, please visit: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/jasper/ne/FEU-excelsior-FIRE.aspx

      • Cooler, damper weather conditions continue to aid crews working to contain this fire.
      • The rain has not extinguished this fire but has minimized spread and is holding the size to just under 1,000 hectares.
      • With warmer, dryer weather forecasted by the weekend visitors may notice some localized smoke.
      • As of Thursday, the areas of the Maligne Valley up to and including the Maligne Hostel have re-opened. Maligne Canyon facilities, Maligne Hostel and all trails below the hostel are now open for use.
      • The upper Maligne Valley remains closed. 
      • The fire ban in Jasper National Park has been lifted. Rain and cooler temperatures have decreased fire danger. 


      Updated: Sunday July 12, 2015 at 3:00PM

      For the most up to date information, please visit: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/jasper/ne/FEU-excelsior-FIRE.aspx

      • The fire size has been re-estimated to be 1,000 hectares.
      • rain and cooler templates have been assisting local fire teams suppress flames and smoke.
      • With the exception of those located in the Maligne Valley, all other campgrounds, trails, and facilities remain open to visitors.
      • Local and regional wildfires, as well as varying weather conditions have caused localized smoke in the area. Please take this into consideration, especially if you have any respiratory health concerns.
      • The existing fire ban has been expanded to include all mountain national parks. Report any suspicious fires or smoke by calling 911.


      Saturday July 11, 2015 at 1:30PM

      For the most up to date information, please visit: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/jasper/ne/FEU-excelsior-FIRE.aspx

      At 3:30PM on Thursday July 9, 2015 a wildfire was reported to Parks Canada in Jasper National Park. The wildfire is located in the Maligne Valley region of Jasper National Park, near Medicine Lake. There is no risk to the community at this point, but visitors will notice smoke in the valley and throughout the townsite. Although smokey Jasper National Park continues to be open for visitors.

      • The fire is holding at approximately 5,000 hectares.
      • With the exception of those located in the Maligne Valley, all other campgrounds, trails, and facilities remain open to visitors.
      • Local and regional wildfires, as well as varying weather conditions have caused localized smoke in the area. Please take this into consideration, especially if you have any respiratory health concerns.
      • The existing fire ban has been expanded to include all mountain national parks. Report any suspicious fires or smoke by calling 911.

      For the most up to date information, please visit: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/jasper/ne/FEU-excelsior-FIRE.aspx


      Friday July 10, 2015 at 1:30PM

      • The fire started yesterday near Excelsior Creek to the north of Medicine Lake. It is currently burning approximately 14-15 km from Maligne Lake at a size of 5,000 hectares.
      • There is no risk to the community, people or facilities at this time. The fire is expected to grow away from town. It is also expected that the smoke in the valley will rise as temperatures increase throughout the day.
      • Maligne Lake Road remains closed and evacuation of visitors in the area is continuing. Crews are expecting to be finished with evacuations by noon today.
      • There are three crews of four people each (two from Jasper, one from Yoho/Kootenay, and all Parks employees). Five helicopters are in the park right now and will be pulling water from Medicine Lake.
      • Parks Canada interpreters will be on the Visitors Information Centre lawn and at attractions throughout the park to give out information.
      • Due to extreme danger a fire ban has been issued for all of Jasper National Park. Report any suspicious fires or smoke by calling 911.

      Further updates will continue to be provided as we receive them. 

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