Alberta

Update 2: Southwestern Alberta fire situation (Sept 9, 4:30 pm)

News Release

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.

Current situation

  • 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.

Air quality

  • Smoke has become very intense in the Waterton Lakes park area and visibility is low.

Provincial response

  • 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.

Travel

  • 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.”
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