The Chetamon wildfire remains at approximately 6,000 hectares. For Friday, September 30, 2022, Parks Canada has 61 firefighting personnel and four helicopters dedicated to the Chetamon wildfire. There continues to be no risk to communities.
There has been no significant growth in the priority south, east and north areas of the Chetamon wildfire since September 12.
Low fire activity during week of hot, dry weather due to substantial progress of ground crews
A week of well-above-seasonal temperatures with minimal precipitation provided little weather-related relief to Chetamon wildfire efforts. Despite this, fire activity along the south, east and northern flanks has slowed and is nearing containment, which is a testament to the substantial work crews have been doing. Patrolling for and extinguishing hot spots is hard work, particularly along the northern flank where rugged terrain makes it especially difficult.
Though the western flank of the fire is being allowed to burn for future community protection and ecological benefit, there has been minimal growth in this area. There are hot spots, spot fires and smoke in the area, but substantial growth this late in the fire season is not expected.
Local Jasper National Park fire management personnel to manage incident
Management of the wildfire will turn back to local fire personnel within Jasper National Park. The National Incident Management Team and several Parks Canada fire crews end their shifts on Friday. Additionally, extra fire crews and helicopters will remain in the area for the next few weeks to continue working on the Chetamon wildfire.
Containing a wildfire’s perimeter takes significant work