Lightning, dry conditions result in six small fires near Glacier National Park

A high to extreme risk of fire danger and the potential for lightning strikes over the next few days has led Parks Canada to ban fires in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks. There are currently six small fires burning near Glacier National Park.

A helicopter in Glacier national park. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

Parks Canada bans fires in Mount Revelstoke, Glacier National Parks as a result

Parks Canada has declared a fire ban in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks as of July 12, 2017.

Parks Canada made the decision to implement the ban because fire danger is high to extreme, with potential for additional lightning strikes in the coming days.

In a statement to media, Shelley Bird, public relations and communications officer for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks said the safety of the public, crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is Parks Canada’s number one priority.

“Recent dry conditions and lightning activity on July 10th resulted in six small fires in and around Glacier National Park. Parks Canada’s fire management team in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks is managing the current fire situation. Action is being taken, including heli-bucketing, to suppress fires that pose a risk to people and/or assets in the area,” Bird wrote in the press release.

Parks Canada is a world leader in fire management. Parks Canada’s National Incident Management Teams are also assisting with fire fighting in the Province of British Columbia.