WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK: You just knew the hot weather would have a down side.
Parks Canada has issued a park-wide ban on all fires in Waterton Lakes National Park due to extreme fire hazard, effective midnight. Thursday, August 25. The fire ban will remain in effect until further notice.
While campfires are normally only permitted in designated fire pits, under this Fire Ban all wood burning fires are prohibited, including the use of charcoal briquettes and wood-burning stoves in picnic shelters. The fire ban applies to all areas of the park, including campgrounds, day-use areas and the community. Use of gas or propane stoves and barbeques is permitted.
All park facilities remain open.
The park has been in a situation of high to extreme fire hazard since July 28th. Forests and grasslands are very dry, making them particularly susceptible to fire. There has been less than 11 millimetres of precipitation since July 24th, and this is compounded by recent above normal temperatures and frequently strong winds.
During these extreme fire hazard conditions, please be extremely careful to fully extinguish any possible ignition sources such as cigarettes.
If you see a wildfire in Waterton Lakes National Park, please call (403) 859-2636.