Fire evacuations lifted for Canada’s Waterton Lakes park

Canadian Press

Canadian Press

The lightning-sparked fire has destroyed numerous private homes and structures, but there have been no reported injuries.

The fire on the west end has already burned close to the Inside North Fork Road, where firefighters have cut a line.

Significant rainfall on Monday was enough to lift an evacuation alert sparked by a wildfire near Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta.

Cooler temperatures and rainfall forecast for Sunday night into Monday were expected to slow but not extinguish the blaze.

The fire remains in the Boundary Creek Valley of Glacier National Park and is about seven kilometres from the Waterton townsite.

The incident management team has made the protection of Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor a priority, and sprinklers are running along the Upper McDonald Creek trails to provide extra protection for the road. The evacuation alert remained in place on Saturday afternoon.

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An evacuation alert was issued for Waterton Lakes National Park on Thursday night and warned people to be ready to leave the area quickly if needed.

Parks Canada fire crew member Keith Thibault said one of the best parts of the celebration was being able to reconnect with community members and fellow firefighters he had met during the Kenow fire.

Tourism usually slows in August, but this year has been especially tough, said Phyllis Jackson, who owns a gift shop in Apgar Village near Lake McDonald. About 80 per cent of the park's popular hiking trails were impacted.

Fire Restrictions: Glacier National Park and most of western Montana are under Stage II Fire Restrictions. No campfires will be permitted in Glacier's front country or backcountry.

Most of Glacier National Park, the Flathead National Forest, and tourism opportunities throughout northwest Montana are open and operating as usual.

A temporary flight restriction is in effect in the fire area. Propane stoves that have an on/off switch are permitted.

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