Saskatchewan Wildfire Update
***UPDATE JULY 7***
Parks Canada has reopen the Narrows Campground and marina so we are operating business as usual at all three marina sites
***UPDATE JULY 6***
Waskesiu and Prince Albert National Park are open. Narrows Road/Campground & Namekus Road/Campground open!
- Enjoy Waskesiu and the many amenities available: shops, restaurants, golf course, beaches and more!
- Camp in Waskesiu, at The Narrows, Namekus Lake and Sandy Lake.
- Enjoy the many beaches and trails throughout the park!
- Nature Centre open daily and family programs underway.
- Explore Crean Lake and the back country (except Kingemere area) for the day!
To ensure your safety:
- A fire ban is in effect (no open fires in campgrounds, at picnic sites, or in kitchen shelters). Propane or charcoal briquette barbecues and propane or naptha camp stoves can still be used.
- The north shore road (beyond Heart Lakes where the pavement ends) to Kingsmere Lake is closed to day and overnight use.
- No overnight camping in the back country.
- There are fire fighting and safety resources available if needed.
- Fire fighting crews are clearing downed trees and carrying out other preventative protection efforts around Waskesiu and in the park.
Stay tuned as weather conditions can change quickly. Areas will be re-opened as soon as possible. See attached for additional information regarding wildfire in and around Prince Albert National Park.
***UPDATE JULY 3***
Today's conditions at the Waskesiu Marina are clear skies with a slight smoky haze. The Adventure center and the Heart Lakes marina are open as usual for all business. No changes in the drought and fire/smoke conditions on the West Side today.
***UPDATE JULY 2***
PA NATIONAL PARK - West Side is clearing off nicely today. Fire bans still in place both in and out of the Park and backcountry camping ban still in place within the Park. All three marina sites are open. Boaters are advised to check weather conditions before going out on the water.
LAKELAND - Smoke has cleared considerable, hot with no rain. Air quality is getting better and no road closures in Christopher Lake. Marina is open.
EMMA LAKE - Sunset Bay Resort and Restaurant open. All accommodation(cabins and motel suites) are airconditioned, with Wifi, Satellite T.V., Natural Gas and Briquette BBQ's and just minutes away from the Beach, Full Service Marina, with kayak, canoe and aqua bike rentals.
GREAT BLUE HERON PROVINCIAL PARK - In Great Blue Heron Prov Park, business continues as usual. A fire ban is in place for the park, including Murray Point and Anderson Point Campgrounds. Some campers are opting to post-pone their camping plans due to the smoky conditions, while others are arriving daily to camp and enjoy the park. The interpretive programs planned for Friday, July 3 at Murray Point, Emma Lake and Sunday July 5 at Anderson Point, Anglin Lake are going ahead as planned. At this point in time, there is no immediate danger in either location.
***UPDATE JUNE 29***
[From Parks Canada]
FIRE INFORMATION UPDATE
June 29, 2015 Calypso Wildfire
What’s the short story?
It’s smoky, but Waskesiu and Prince Albert National Park are open for business and recreation and there are no immediate threats to people or facilities.
Calypso Wildfire was started by lightning on June 26, 2015, and is burning in the northeastern section of Prince Albert National Park.
The fire is approximately 5,000 hectares in size and growing in a southeasterly direction. A provincial fire approximately 50,000 ha is burning 5 km north of the park and will likely cross into the park. Smoke from several fires in the region are contributing to low visibility in Prince Albert National Park.
What’s being done?
To ensure public safety, a number of measures are being considered and implemented:
BANS AND AREA CLOSURES - The superintendent’s area closure includes all camping and overnight travel in the back country of Prince Albert National Park.
A fire ban is in effect for all of Prince Albert National Park.
ROAD CLOSURE - The North Shore Road is closed beyond the Hanging Hearts Marina where the pavement ends. This is a preventative measure to ensure that all visitors are easy to locate and evacuate should a fire start in the area.
FIRE PLANNING - An Incident Management Team is overseeing strategic fire planning and operations. Their priority is to ensure the safety of people followed by the protection of facilities and infrastructure.
Fire personnel are patrolling the Waskesiu community fuel break and removing any excess vegetation or hazardous trees as a preventative measure, but the community is not threatened by fire at this time.
RESOURCES - 30 Parks Canada wildland firefighters, 10 incident management team personnel, four helicopters and several park employees are assisting with fire operations.
What can you do?
Waskesiu is open to visitors and Canada Day events are still planned to go ahead.
Hanging Hearts and the Waskesiu marinas are accessible for day-use boating.
Front-country camping is open at Beaver Glen, Red Deer, The Narrows and Sandy Lake campgrounds.
Visitors can make informed decisions about whether to visit the park by:
- following the park website Important Bulletins: http://www.pc.gc.ca/fra/pn-np/sk/princealbert.aspx
- phoning the Visitor Centre 1-306-663-4522
- checking Government of Canada website weather alerts: http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk23