WATERTON LAKES NP - While there are no wildfires in Waterton Lakes National Park as of Wednesday (August 8), the fire danger rating remains extreme.
At this point, the region requires heavy, sustained rains to address the dry conditions and that is not expected to happen within the next week. A fire ban is in effect for the Park as a wildfire can spread quickly and burn intensely.
For that reason, Parks Canada has implemented a limited backcountry closure in Waterton Lakes NP, to ensure the safety of visitors. All backcountry campgrounds and some trails are closed. Off-trail hiking, scrambling, climbing and backcountry camping in the park is prohibited.
Closed back-country campgrounds:
-- Crandell Lake
-- Goat Lake
-- Twin Lakes
-- Lone Lake
-- Alderson Lake
-- Bertha Lake and Bertha Bay
-- Boundary Bay
Closed trails included:
-- The Tamarack Trail (Blue Grouse Basin/Lone lake Junction to Rowe Meadow)
-- Lost Lake Trail
-- Boundary Creek Trail from Summit Lake to the U.S. border)
-- Avion Ride (from Goat Lake campground to Snowshoe Cabin)
-- Sage Pass Trail
-- South Kootenay Pass Trail
-- Lineham Ridge
Violators may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act: maximum penalty $25,000.
There are trails that remain open and offer safe hiking. Visitors to the park should check http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/scond/Cond_E.asp?oID=28627&oPark=100429).
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