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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.
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Visitors are encouraged to check www.511.alberta.ca for updated road conditions before travelling.

What You Need to Know

Service Impacts
There are currently no impacts or disruptions to our operations or guests and all Brewster services including our hotels and attractions are fully open!
  • The Maligne Lake Road is reopen to motorists and cyclists.
  • The Maligne Lake Cruise is reopen and operating as normal.
  • The Glacier Adventure and Glacier Skywalk experiences are fully open and will continue to operate as per usual.
  • The Columbia Icefield, Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) and Highway 16 remain unaffected and are open to traffic.
  • The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is open and continues to operate as normal.
  • The fire ban has been in Jasper National Park ehas been lifted. Visitors are now permitted to light and maintain fires in designated fire pits.
  • Medicine Lake
  • Watchtower Trail
  • Excelsior Wildfire area 
Explore Jasper with Maligne Lake Cruise Sightseeing Tour
  • As an alternative to experiencing the Maligne Lake Cruise, guests will have the option to visit the Jasper Skytram.
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