Canada Area closure in Banff and Kootenay parks continues

00:20  17 july  2017
00:20  17 july  2017 Source:   Calgary Herald

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A backcountry area in Kootenay and Banff national parks remains closed Sunday as crews work to contain a fire near Alberta’s edge. The Egypt Lake, Redearth Pass and Healy Pass areas were evacuated Saturday afternoon and everyone has been relocated, Parks Canada said Sunday.

The four Rocky Mountain national parks of Banff , Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho share boundaries In areas now in Kootenay National Park , they collected ochre or iron oxide for decorative use. The transportation theme dominated the history of these parks and continues to play an important role.

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A backcountry area in Kootenay and Banff national parks remains closed Sunday as crews work to contain a fire near Alberta’s edge.

The Egypt Lake, Redearth Pass and Healy Pass areas were evacuated Saturday afternoon and everyone has been relocated, Parks Canada said Sunday.

Officials said the two national parks remain open outside the Verdant Creek area and there is no risk to the surrounding communities such as Banff and Lake Louise.

“There’s no concern right now for any fire impacts for them,” parks spokeswoman Natalie Fay said. “It’s all contained in the backcountry.”

The closure includes the area east of Highway 93S from the Verdant Creek Trail to the Simpson River Trail to the height of land on Haiduk Peak. It also includes the Whistling Valley Trail, Pharoah Creek Trail and all trails in the Egypt Lake and Healy Pass area.

The fire is approximately 150 to 200 hectares. There are currently no road closures in effect.

Anyone looking for the latest information on closures can visit the Parks Canada Banff Now website.

Bear expert fears Grizzly No. 148 could be euthanized as it nears Canmore limits .
A grizzly bear with a history of aggression against humans could be euthanized as it once again approached Canmore town limits. Kim Titchener,a longtime wildlife safety advocate and founder of Bear Safety & More, said the last she heard, Bear 148 was on the Legacy Trail around Harvie Heights, about 10 kilometres west of Canmore. The provincial government said earlier this month the bear could be euthanized if it goes into Canmore and shows any aggression toward people as it has in the past, said Titchener.

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