July 28, 2022
Due to recent high temperatures, the fire danger in Waterton Lakes National Park is now rated as ‘High‘. This means fires can ignite easily, spread quickly and be challenging for fire fighters to control. An initial attack fire crew is on standby in the park.
The current weather pattern is expected to persist for the foreseeable future. Surrounding areas are also seeing the same drying trend. There is minimal wildfire activity in the region at this time.
A fire ban is not in place at this time. Please remember:
- Campfires are only allowed in designated fire pits at some day use areas and Bertha Bay, Boundary Bay, Crandell Lake, Lone Lake and Snowshoe backcountry campgrounds.
- Supervise the campfire at all times, and fully extinguish the campfire with water. Soak it, stir it, and soak it again until it is cool to the touch before leaving it.
- Do not throw cigarettes on the ground. Put them out and discard them in a bin.
Further notifications will follow when the fire danger rating reaches extreme or a fire ban is implemented.
You are encouraged to keep track of changes in fire danger via our public website.
Fire Danger ratings are based on daily monitoring of weather and fuel/vegetation conditions, as well as principles of fire behaviour and risk.
If you see a wildfire, suspicious smoke or illegal campfires in Waterton Lakes National Park, call Parks Canada Dispatch immediately at 1-888-927-3367.