Wildfire status

Jasper National Park

Information and updates on active wildfires will be posted to the Jasper National Park Facebook and X channels.

Extinguished wildfires

2024
Transfer Station fire
Time Notes
May 1, 2024 The Transfer Station fire is now extinguished.

This is the last update on this fire.
April 17, 2024:  4:15 pm The fire at the transfer station remains under control but smoke might be visible at times. Fire specialists are monitoring the fire and the area closely.

The fire was most likely caused by a debris burn pile at the transfer station that was lit last Thursday as part of Parks Canada’s regular burning operations. With Monday’s strong winds in the valley bottom, the pile rekindled, and sparks were carried to the dry grass.

We will provide another update when the fire is extinguished.
April 16, 2024:  4:00 pm The fire at the transfer station is now under control at approximately 0.8 hectares. Crews are still working on extinguishing the fire within the perimeter. Due to the presence of hazardous materials within the fire perimeter, it could take a few days before the fire is completely extinguished.

Next update: April 17, 2024
April 15, 2024:  6:50 pm The wildfire within the transfer station is now contained. Crews are now working on extinguishing the fire within the perimeter. The Jasper Fire Department is assessing the presence of hazardous materials in the recycling piles and determining the best method of extinguishing them.

Thanks to early public reporting, Parks Canada fire crews and the Jasper Fire Department were able to respond quickly. Timely reporting and response time are crucial, especially in windy conditions.

We will provide an update when new information is available.
April 15, 2024:  5:20 pm Parks Canada fire crews and the Jasper Fire Department are responding to a wildfire around the transfer station, located approximately 9 km northeast of the Jasper townsite. Smoke is visible from Highway 16.

Fire specialists are on site assessing the situation.

We will provide an update when new information is available.
2023
Corral Creek wildfire
Time Notes
September 8, 2023:  1:35 pm The Corral Creek wildfire is now extinguished.

This is the last update on this wildfire.
September 6, 2023:  12:00 pm The Corral Creek wildfire is now considered under control at 3 hectares.

With current weather conditions and resources, this wildfire is not anticipated to grow.
September 3, 2023:  11:00 am The Corral Creek wildfire is now considered being held at 3 hectares.

Parks Canada fire crews made good progress yesterday despite battling strong winds. Conditions are favourable on Sunday for the crews to continue reinforcing the perimeter and extinguishing hot spots. With current weather conditions and resources, this wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries.
September 2, 2023:  1:15 pm Two Parks Canada fire crews and a helicopter are working on the lightning-caused Corral Creek wildfire.

Today’s objective is to hold the wildfire at its current location next to the Athabasca River. Smoke and helicopter bucketing operations are visible from Highway 16.
September 1, 2023:  7:00 pm Parks Canada is responding to the Corral Creek wildfire, located south of Athabasca Island, along the Athabasca River, approximately 20 km northeast of Jasper townsite. The fire is estimated to be 3 ha in size. Smoke is visible from Highway 16.

Early tomorrow morning, two Parks Canada fire crews and a helicopter will be conducting direct suppression operations.
Minaga Creek wildfire
Time Notes
July 25, 2023:  2:40 pm The Minaga Creek wildfire is now extinguished.

This is the last update on this wildfire.
July 24, 2023:  1:11 pm The Minaga Creek wildfire is now considered ‘Under control’.

Parks Canada’s fire crews are working to extinguish remaining hot spots within the perimeter of the fire.
July 23, 2023:  3:05 pm The lightning-caused Minaga Creek wildfire is now considered being held at 0.6 hectares.

With current weather conditions and resources, this wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries.

Thanks to early public reporting on Saturday afternoon, Parks Canada fire crews and helicopters were able to respond quickly. The trees and ground cover in this area are dry and strong wind conditions increased the spread of this wildfire.

Timely reporting and response time is crucial, especially in windy conditions. Report any wildfires, illegal campfires or suspicious smoke to Parks Canada Dispatch at 780-852-6155 or call 911.

July 23, 2023:  10:00 am There has been no growth.
July 23, 2023:  8:15 am Parks Canada firefighters were able to reinforce the perimeter of the Minaga Creek wildfire and determine the cause as lightning. Once the smoke cleared, firefighters more accurately mapped the size at 0.6 hectares. Direct suppression work continues Sunday with two helicopters bucketing and two fire crews on the ground. Later today, an Initial Attack Crew will conduct more helicopter patrols to search for any other lightning caused wildfires.
July 22, 2023:  5:41 pm Parks Canada fire crews are currently responding to an out-of-control wildfire in Jasper National Park.

The wildfire is located approximately 6 km north of Highway 16 (by the west park gate) and approximately 22 km west of the Jasper townsite. The fire is approximately 2 to 3 ha in size. Parks Canada Initial Attack crew and helicopter are currently on site conducting direct suppression activities. We will provide an update when new information is available.
Portal Creek wildfire
Time Notes
June 7, 2023:
4:50 pm
The Portal Creek wildfire is now extinguished

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the fire was likely started by a bear cub that was electrocuted and found at the fire source beneath a power pole.

This is the last update on the Portal Creek wildfire.
June 5, 2023:
8:45 am
Wildfire update

The Portal Creek wildfire is now considered ‘Under control’. Parks Canada’s fire crews are working to extinguish remaining hot spots within the perimeter of the fire.

No growth occurred on this wildfire and the size remains the same at approximately 1.7 ha.

We will provide an update when new information is available.
June 4, 2023:
3:12 pm
Wildfire update

Parks Canada’s fire crews have now contained the perimeter of the Portal Creek wildfire and the fire is now classified as ‘Being held’. Today, crews will continue with suppression activities around the perimeter and work on extinguishing any hot spots.

No growth occurred on this wildfire and the size remains the same at approximately 1.7 ha.

We will provide an update when new information is available.

Background:

Smoke was reported to Jasper Dispatch at 16:41 on Saturday, June 3, 2023, and immediately actioned by Parks Canada fire crews and two helicopters.
The wildfire is located along a power line near Portal Creek, between Highway 93A and the Athabasca River, approximately 10 km south of the Jasper townsite.
June 4, 2023:
12:15 pm
Wildfire update

With the support of a helicopter, two Parks Canada fire crews are continuing with suppression activities on the Portal Creek wildfire in Jasper National Park.

The fire is approximately 1.7 ha in size, with approximately 95% of the perimeter contained.

We will provide an update when new information is available.
June 3, 2023:
7:35 pm
Parks Canada fire crews are currently responding to an out of control wildfire in Jasper National Park.

The wildfire is located near Portal Creek, between Highway 93A and the Athabasca River, approximately 10 km south of the Jasper townsite. The fire is approximately 1 to 2 ha in size. Two Parks Canada Initial Attack crews and two helicopters are currently on site conducting direct suppression activities. We will provide an update when new information is available.
Wildfire near Snaring Overflow Campground, south of Morrow Bridge
Time Notes
June 2, 2023:  12:06 pm The small wildfire near Snaring Overflow Campground, south of Morrow Bridge is now extinguished

Yesterday afternoon, wildfire specialists responded to a small fire which was located north of the Snaring Overflow Campground and south of Morrow Bridge, at approximately 9 km north of the Jasper townsite. The fire was approximately 0.2 ha in size.
June 1, 2023:  5:48 pm Parks Canada fire crews are currently responding to an under control wildfire in Jasper National Park

The wildfire is located north of the Snaring Overflow Campground and south of Morrow Bridge approximately 9 km north of the Jasper townsite. The fire is approximately 0.2 ha in size with one crew and a helicopter are currently on site, conducting direct suppression activities. It is considered under control and will not require any further firefighting resources. We will provide an update when new information is available.
2022
Chetamon wildfire

On April 29, 2023, Parks Canada completed a high-resolution infrared scan of the north perimeter of the Chetamon wildfire to look for any current fire activity held over from last fall. Leading into the winter months, the north perimeter was the most active and was considered the head of the wildfire. Smoke was observed on the wildfire on March 20, 2023, at the north end. Since then, no fire activity has been reported or noted. The infrared scan was conducted twice over the entire north end of the fire perimeter and did not detect any remaining hotspots. Considering these results and the lack of smoke or fire activity, the Chetamon wildfire is now considered “under control”.

Safety is Parks Canada's first priority. We continue to monitor the park for new wildfires and are ready to respond quickly. Report any sign of wildfire to Parks Canada Dispatch 780-852-6155.

Map
Time Notes
November 3, 2022: 11:40 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: This is Parks Canada’s final regular Chetamon Wildfire update. Additional updates will be issued if the wildfire situation evolves.
October 27, 2022: 8:40 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: While the townsite of Jasper has received some snow in the past week, very little precipitation has hit the Chetamon Wildfire.
October 20, 2022: 4:00 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: Continued monitoring
October 13, 2022: 9:15 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Unseasonably warm weather continues to nudge the Chetamon Wildfire into valleys off the western flank
October 11, 2022: 4:30 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: Fire crews will continue to monitor the wildfire until it can be declared extinguished.
October 6, 2022: 10:00 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Downturn in weather expected on Thanksgiving
October 4, 2022: 11:00 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Firefighters demobilize all equipment
September 29, 2022: 6:45 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: Low fire activity during week of hot, dry weather due to substantial progress of ground crews
September 28, 2022: 10:15 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Western side growth a benefit to communities
September 26, 2022: 11:00 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Fire to remain on the landscape along western flank; ecological benefits significant
September 23, 2022: 10:00 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Drone incidents once again disrupt firefighting efforts
September 21, 2022: 11:05 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Current efforts limit future risk
September 20, 2022: 10:30 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Precipitation and cooler weather continue to assist in firefighting efforts and changes to daily wildfire updates
September 19, 2022: 9:50 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Cooler conditions allow fire personnel to make progress
September 18, 2022: 11 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Transition to new Incident Management Team
September 17, 2022: 11 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Thank you for supporting firefighting efforts
September 16, 2022: 11 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Firefighters focused on hot spots in the weeks ahead
September 15, 2022: 11 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Wildfire status changed to ‘Being held’
September 14, 2022: 11 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Firefighting moving into more technical terrain
September 13, 2022: 11 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Progress continues – Firefighters locking in the north and south ends of the wildfire
September 12, 2022: 11 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Smoky skies and progress being made on Chetamon wildfire perimeter
September 11, 2022: 11 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Perimeter holds through hot and dry weather
September 10, 2022: 11 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Reduced services in Jasper National Park – Now is not the time to visit
September 9, 2022: 11 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Jasper townsite protections in place
September 8, 2022: 11:35 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Now is not the time to visit Jasper National Park
September 7, 2022: 11:35 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: Strong winds increase wildfire intensity
September 6, 2022: 10:30 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: Now is not the time to visit Jasper National Park
September 6, 2022: 9:20 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Whistlers and Wapiti Campgrounds temporarily closed
September 6, 2022: 8:50 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Rain overnight and cooler temperatures on Monday
September 5, 2022: 4:30 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: Visitor Services Reduced in Jasper National Park – Consider returning another day
September 5, 2022:  7:50 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Parks Canada working with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
September 4, 2022:  4:30 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: Wildfire sees significant growth, powerlines impacted
September 4, 2022:  8:30 am Chetamon Wildfire Update: Reinforcing protection lines and incoming resources
September 3, 2022:  5:30 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: More critical infrastructure protection on the way
September 3, 2022:  1:00 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: Helicopter bucketing continues, crews preparing control lines Saturday with more smoke expected
September 2, 2022:  11:00 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: Final Friday update on Chetamon Wildfire in Jasper National Park
September 2, 2022:  6:45 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: Smoke from Chetamon Wildfire in Jasper National Park
September 2, 2022:  2:20 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: Chetamon wildfire in Jasper National Park
September 1, 2022:  6:15 pm Chetamon Wildfire Update: Proactive closure of Snaring and Snaring Overflow Campgrounds due to Chetamon Wildfire
September 1, 2022:  3:00 pm Chetamon Wildfire: Helicopters and firefighters respond to lightning-caused wildfire in Jasper National Park
Wildfire near the Transfer Station
Time Notes
May 31, 2022:
5:00 pm
UPDATE: The small wildfire near the Transfer Station is now contained and under control 
Further updates will be made only if new information is available or if the situation changes.
May 31, 2022:
11:15 am
UPDATE: Parks Canada’s fire crews continue with suppression activities on small wildfire
May 30, 2022:
10:40 pm
Jasper National Park Fire Crews respond to a small wildfire

Current wildfire and fire ban situation

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