Beaver Valley wildfire in Glacier national park jumps to 600 hectares

A wildfire in the Beaver Valley in Glacier National Park has increased from 30 to 600 hectares in three days, but it's not listed as a threat to people or structures.

File photo: A Parks Canada employee on a helicopter fire patrol in Glacier national park. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

A wildfire dubbed the ’30-Mile’ fire in Glacier National Park has increased in size to 600 hectares from 30 hectares in the past three days.

The fire is being managed by Parks Canada. In a Aug 10 statement, Parks Canada said that dry, hot and windy conditions over the past few days has increased fire activity in the two local national parks.

At the 30-Mile fire, Parks Canada is using helicopters to light fires to bolster existing natural fire breaks to eliminate fuels and halt the spread of the fire. The Beaver Valley area has been closed to the public. Parks Canada says the fire does not pose a risk to people or assets.

The Clachnacudainn East fire in Mount Revelstoke national park is visible from the Trans-Canada Highway, and Parks Canada is reminding drivers to stop only in designated pulloffs.

In Mount Revelstoke, the Silvertip Canyon climbing area and trail has been closed due to fire activity.

A fire ban is now in effect in local national parks.

Lightning strikes from recent storm systems resulted in five wildfire starts in
Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks. Three have been extinguished and
two are being actively managed.

Wondering where all the smoke over Revelstoke is coming from? Environment Canada has created this smoke dispersion model, showing that the smoke is coming from fires across the west of Canada and U.S., including wildfires in California. Check out the model here, and the link to another dispersion model: