Hinton Area Information
Parks Canada will perform a prescribed fire near the East gate to Jasper National Park, just over 30 kilometres west of Hinton. The 350-hectare fire will take place along Highway 16 just east of the Miette Hot Springs Road, and is expected to take 1 to 2 days to burn.
This fire is designed to create a natural fire guard to help prevent both wildfire
and mountain pine beetle from moving beyond the Jasper National Park boundaries and into the working forest of Alberta. Smoke will be visible in the Hinton and Brule areas and could drift downwind up to 100 km away including the Highway 16 corridor and valley bottoms.
Jasper Area Information
Fire crews have spent the summer months preparing areas on the “Bench” west of Jasper for fire. The fire area covers approximately 140 hectares between Patricia Lake and Cabin Lake, and the two units should each take 1 to 2 days to burn. Smoke may affect the Town of Jasper.
In addition to the ecological benefits this fire is designed to create a fireguard, in the event of a wildfire spreading towards Jasper. All trails west of Pyramid Lake Road and north of Mina Lake will be closed.