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JNP to Carry Out Prescribed Burns

In a release earlier this week, Parks Canada announced they will be using prescribed fire in two areas of Jasper National Park to reduce the danger of wildfire while restoring some of our landscape and providing some mitigation from mountain pine beetle.

The release detailed that operations will begin when forest and weather conditions permit and take place when the objectives of the prescribed fire can be met safely. The public will be advised when the decision has been made to proceed, and residents are reminded that during a prescribed burn there is no need to call 911 or other emergency services to report smoke.

Prescribed Burn
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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.


Parks Canada wishes to remind residents that people with respiratory ailments are encouraged to contact their local health professional for advice specific to their condition if they have questions. Other general health related inquiries can be directed to Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-LINK. 

Traffic may be impacted on Highway 16. Updates will be posted at AB511. 

Information on trail and other closures will be available at, by calling 780-852-0221, or by emailing

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