Wild­fire grows in Jasper Na­tional Park

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

A wild­fire burn­ing in Jasper Na­tional Park has grown sub­stan­tially as staff work to get campers and other visi­tors out of the area.

Kim Weir, a Parks Canada spokes­woman, says the 10square-kilo­me­tre fire is burn­ing away from the Jasper town­site and doesn’t pose a threat to the com­mu­nity, nearby cot­tages or Jasper Park Lodge.

She says the fire is about 14 kilo­me­tres away from the town in the Maligne Val­ley and is about 15 kilo­me­tres away from Maligne Lake.

Three Parks Canada fire crews sup­ported by five he­li­copters and heavy equip­ment are busy fight­ing the wild­fire, which of­fi­cials be­lieve was prob­a­bly caused by light­ning. The road into the val­ley and camp­grounds in the im­me­di­ate area are closed.

The pop­u­lar Rocky Moun­tain na­tional park re­mains open, but with a com­plete ban on camp­fires.

CP PHOTO

A wild­fire rises over a hill in Jasper Na­tional Park on Thurs­day July 9, 2015. An evac­u­a­tion of part of Jasper Na­tional Park has been or­dered due to a for­est fire in the pic­turesque Maligne Val­ley.

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