Jasper National Park - Parc national Jasper

Fire Information

Chetamon Fire Sees Significant Growth, Powerlines Impacted

At approximately noon Sunday, the Chetamon wildfire spread to the ATCO electric powerline.

At approximately 2 pm, the wildfire began to impact power poles. Unseasonably hot weather and strong winds continue to create challenging conditions for air and ground firefighting efforts to steer this wildfire away from critical infrastructure and highway 16.

At approximately 2:45 pm, the wind became dominant from the west and started pushing the wildfire back into the ATCO, TransMountain and CN lines.

Smoke is obscuring parts of the fire but the current size is estimated to be approximately over 1500 hectares and obscured by smoke limiting the ability to get an accurate size.

Critical infrastructure protection measures in place at key places, but more aggressive wildfire activity has made it unsafe for firefighters on the ground to continue.

The wildfire situation develops and changes continuously. It is imperative that visitors and residents of Jasper follow updates on social media and recommendations from the town, respect area closures, and follow reduced speed limits.

Parks Canada, ATCO and the Municipality of Jasper have been and continue to prepare for various scenarios over the next few days to prepare for any potentially significant changes in wildfire spread and direction.

No communities are at risk from this lightning-caused wildfire. However, Jasper residents should be prepared for a power outage in the event that Jasper’s power supply is damaged. To prepare yourself in advance of a possible power outage, take inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity. For updates from the municipality, follow the Municipality of Jasper on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/municipalityofjasper

For more power outage tips, visit ATCO’s website and stay up to date on ATCO’s outage map or download the My ATCO Electricity app for live updates.

Respect all closures and restrictions Important bulletins: Jasper National Park - Jasper National Park (pc.gc.ca)

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement for areas around the Chetamon wildfire in Jasper National Park. Alerts for: Jasper National Park - Environment Canada (weather.gc.ca)

For more information about the impact of smoke call Health Link 8-1-1 or visit Alberta Health Services

You can find a live smoke forecast here Smoke Forecast - FireSmoke.ca

For road access updates call 5-1-1 or visit 511 Alberta

Updates will be provided for any significant changes to fire behaviour or access restrictions.

Media inquiries
Public Relations and Communications
Jasper National Park
Tel: 780-852-6109

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