Update 2: Southwestern Alberta fire situation (Sept 9, 4:30 pm)
Following the evacuation of Waterton Lakes National Park, federal, provincial and local officials continue to work together to provide up-to-date information to visitors and residents.
- All residents and non-essential personnel have been safely evacuated and the townsite is secure. Admittance at the park gate is limited to essential personnel.
- Eighty-seven evacuees have registered with the MD of Pincher Creek.
- Waterton-area evacuees are encouraged to register, even if they do not need assistance, to allow authorities to contact them with any new information:
- As the reception centre in Pincher Creek currently has no overnight occupants, evacuees needing accommodation or registration are asked to call 403-904-0021.
- The fire hazard across much of southern Alberta continues to be extreme.
- There are currently more than 700 firefighters, 90 helicopters and 55 pieces of heavy equipment as well as 16 airtankers available to respond to wildfires across Alberta.
- Smoke has become very intense in the Waterton Lakes park area and visibility is low.
- Air-quality advisories remain in place.
- Information about the air quality in many areas of Alberta is updated hourly on the Alberta Environment Air Quality site.
- For hourly air-quality readings and daily forecasts, download the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) Canada app.
- Be aware of air conditions and take precautions against potential health concerns associated with smoky air. Precautions are outlined at www.ahs.ca/air.
- The Government of Alberta continues to work with local and federal officials.
- An Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) mobile emergency vehicle is now located in Waterton and serving as an operations centre.
- In response to a request from the Cardston County Fire Department (responds to structural fires in Waterton Lake National Park), an ambulance medical unit has been dispatched to Waterton.
- Structural fire protection and resources are now in place in the Town of Waterton.
- The following highways are closed to the public, with the exception of permit holders, due to the current wildfire situation:
- Highway 5, from the Town of Waterton to Highway 6
- Highway 532, west of Highway 22
- Highway 520, east of Highway 22 for approximately 12 km
- Highway 774, from Highway 507 to Castle Provincial Park
- For up-to-date travel information across Alberta, please check 511 Alberta and “know before you go.”