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July 22, 2015
Over the last week, Parks Canada and fire crews have brought the Excelsior Wildfire in Jasper National Park under control. Fire crews continue to extinguish hot spots around the perimeter of the fire which was last reported at 966 hectares in size.
Effective as of 1:00 PM July 22, a revised area closure has reopened the Maligne Lake Road, Maline Lake Cruise, Skyline Trail and Maligne Lake day hikes and backcountry campgrounds. The burn area along Medicine Lake will remain as a No-Stop Zone with a reduced speed of 40km/hr.
Little to no smoke is currently present in the Athabasca Valley and the fire ban in Jasper National Park has been lifted.
July 15, 2015
Fire crews managing the Excelsior Wildfire in Jasper National Park have progressed on suppressing the northern end of the fire nearest the Athabasca Valley.
Cooler temperatures and favourable weather conditions are forecasted for the remainder of the week which will assist with stabilizing the situation and allowing ground and air crews to continue working on extinguishing priority areas of the flames.
Recent weather conditions have improved air quality in the area. Please be mindful that changing weather patterns may cause localized smoke in the area.
July 13, 2015
Due to favourable weather conditions over the weekend, the Excelsior Wildfire in Jasper National Park has considerably slowed. The recent conditions and anticipated weather should lend reduced levels of smoke over the next few days, however there there is potential for localized smoke in the valley.
The fire is holding at approximately 1,000 hectares.
Favourable conditions have allowed fire crews to proceed safely with extinguishing priority areas of the flames via ground crews and heli-bucketing.
Significant fire growth is not anticipated over the next few days.
July 10, 2015
As of 3:30 pm on Thursday, July 9, 2015, a 200-250 hectare wildfire has been reported 15 km south of Jasper and continues to move south near Excelsior Creek in the Maligne Valley. The fire is reported to have been smouldering underground due to a lightning strike and has been brought to life by the recent dry and hot weather.