Canada Waterton Lakes backcountry closed due to nearby wildfire

23:53  04 september  2017
23:53  04 september  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

Waterton Lakes National Park ordered to evacuate as wildfire approaches

  Waterton Lakes National Park ordered to evacuate as wildfire approaches Waterton Lakes National Park ordered to evacuate as wildfire approachesResidents and visitors must leave the area immediately, officials said as the evacuation order was issued Friday afternoon.

Townsite still open but but campgrounds and most trails are closed due to extreme fire hazard. A nearby wildfire and an extreme fire hazard have forced Parks Canada to shut down most backcountry use in Waterton Lakes National Park until further notice.

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Waterton Lakes backcountry closed due to nearby wildfire © Google Maps Waterton Lakes backcountry closed due to nearby wildfire

A nearby wildfire and an extreme fire hazard have forced Parks Canada to shut down most backcountry use in Waterton Lakes National Park until further notice.

The townsite remains open, but all off-trial hiking, scrambling and climbing in the park is prohibited. Crandell campground and all backcountry campgrounds are closed, as is the Red Rock Parkway.

Visitors can still access the Cameron Lake day-use area, but any use of the lake is prohibited.

  • National park's temporary closure due to overcrowding not expected to happen elsewhere, Parks says

Alberta town empty except for firefighters

  Alberta town empty except for firefighters WATERTON, Alta. - A town in an Alberta national park that would normally still be teeming with late summer visitors is now empty except for emergency workers who are preparing to save its buildings from a wildfire. "The only people left in town are for firefighting purposes," RCMP Cpl. Curtis Peters said Saturday from the Waterton townsite, a day after Parks Canada ordered the evacuation of Waterton Lakes National Park. "The only people left in town are for firefighting purposes," RCMP Cpl. Curtis Peters said Saturday from the Waterton townsite, a day after Parks Canada ordered the evacuation of Waterton Lakes National Park.

The areas have been closed as a fire just west of the park gets closer to Waterton Lakes.

Anyone caught in the closed areas could face a fine up to $25,000.

Several trails near the townsite and on the east side of the chain of lakes are still open.

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Ranch near Waterton burned down by wildfire .
Ranch near Waterton burned down by wildfire"We'll get everything back up and running as soon as we possibly can and we'll continue to ranch in that area for many more generations," said Melody Garner-Skiba, who has considered the Rocking Heart Ranch home since she was nine years old.

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