Parks Canada detects wildfire in Glacier national park

Parks Canada says a wildfire was detected in Glacier National park Sunday, July 24. The blaze is not a threat to the public, but Parks Canada says motorists should be advised of the fire and only stop their vehicle when it is safe to do so in designated areas.

Parks Canada says they detected a wildfire in Glacier National Park on July 24, 2022. The burn is visible from the highway and poses no threat to public safety, but Parks Canada wants motorists to be aware and avoid stopping along the roadway. Photo: Parks Canada

The streak of extreme temperatures continues in Revelstoke, with temperatures reaching 37 degrees Celsius and raising the wildfire danger rating later in the week. 

Parks Canada detected an active wildfire in Glacier National Park on Sunday, July 24, 2022. Parks says fire crews responded to the fire immediately, employing fire suppression activities such as using a helicopter to bucket water and dispatching six water skimmers to work in tandem controlling the blaze.

The fire was detected in the Mountain Creek area of Glacier National Park, towards the North East corner of the park closer to Golden along the Trans-Canada Highway. Parks Canada staff says that the cause of the fire is unknown but that it was more than likely human-triggered, given there hasn’t been weather conducive to wildfire ignition. 

The fire is in the lower elevations of a valley close to the rail lines and visible from the highway. Parks Canada staff want motorists and other travellers passing through Glacier National Park to know that there is an active wildfire and that fire crews are doing something about it.

Additionally, Parks Canada maintains that public safety is their number one concern and reminds travellers to only stop when it is safe to do so in designated areas.

Parks Canada says that while the fire does not pose any risk to people or infrastructure, it is their priority to prevent the fire’s spread further north into the province and to protect the rail line. 

The BC Wildfire Service has the fire danger rating at a four or high danger for today, July 25. It has a forecast rating of five, extreme danger for the next two days, July 26 and July 27, as temperatures are expected to climb even higher. 

Currently, category 2 and 3 open burning is prohibited in the Southeast Fire Centre to protect public safety and prevent wildfires. A category three openburning prohibition includes bans on any fire larger than two metres high by three metres wide, burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares. A category two open burning prohibition includes bans on things such as fireworks, sky lanterns and burn barrels but does not extend to small campfires half a metre wide and tall or cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

Parks Canada says that in national parks such as Revelstoke’s surrounding Glacier and Mount Revelstoke national parks, campfires are only ever permitted with a designated fire pit.

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