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The Chetamon wildfire is now approximately 5,600 hectares. No communities are at risk of wildfire at this time. | Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reproter@fitzhugh.ca “Now is not the time to visit Jasper.” That same message has been repeated by Mayor Richard Ireland, officials from Parks Canada and Christine Nadon, the di ...

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Smoke continues to impact area

A sign warns motorists of smoke in the area at the north entrance to Jasper National Park on Sept. 4 with wildfire smoke hanging in the background. | Parks Canada photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Residents are advised to take precautions due to the smoke coming from the Chetamon wildfire, which continues to impact areas north of Jasper and along Highway 16. Envi ...

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Technical difficulties impede power restoration, firefighting efforts continue

High-powered sprinkler system going up on Pyramid Bench. | Parks Canada photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca ATCO is facing challenges with restoring electricity to the Municipality of Jasper as firefighters continue to battle the blaze north of town. On Wednesday evening, power had come back to two-thirds of the town’s estimated 5,000 residents. By Thursday morning ...

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Illegal drones temporarily ground firefighting helicopters

Two illegal drones temporarily forced firefighting aircraft to land on Tuesday, hampering the response to the Chetamon wildfire. | Parks Canada photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Two people are facing charges after drones interfered with helicopters fighting the Chetamon wildfire north of the townsite on Tuesday. During Wednesday’s Chetamon Wildfire press conferen ...

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Elk rutting season is upon us

Elk rutting season will go on until early October. | R.Bray/Parks Canada photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca If the bears in town weren't enough to keep your eyes peeled, it is also now elk rutting season. That means stay alert with all of your senses. "Sometimes you might not see them, but if you hear that bugling, that's the sign to keep your eyes open that there ...

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Jasper has more roadkill than Banff, but experts say solution not obvious

Bighorn sheep north of Jasper along Highway 16 on Feb. 5. | P.Shokeir photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Jasper National Park has a higher wildlife mortality rate on its highways than Banff National Park does, according to a recent CBC article. Between 2011 and 2021, Parks Canada reported 1,007 animals, coyote-sized and larger, were killed on roads in Jasper Natio ...

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UPDATE: Power goes out again for entire town

The Chetamon Wildfire continued to blaze Wednesday but was abated by a downturn in the weather and is now estimated to be 5,500 hectares in size. | Parks Canada photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca UPDATE from ATCO at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday: "We're currently experiencing a power outage to the entire town of Jasper. Our crews are responding. At this time we don't have a ...

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Jasper discouraging visitors, power restored to half of town

Parks Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Power to half of Jasper has been restored as officials warn visitors not to come to the national park due to reduced services. Full restoration has been delayed due to technical difficulties and the complex process of generator power transference, according to ATCO in a Wednesday update. ATCO will continue to take direction from Jasper National Park and ...

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Council discusses return of power to the people

A helicopter prepares to bucket water on the Chetamon wildfire on Sept. 4. | J.Stockfish photo Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca In a naturally-lit Quorum room, council met to discuss the power outage in Jasper caused by the Chetamon wildfire during their Sept. 6 meeting. CAO Bill Given explained that while the fire still burns, it continues to pose no direct risk to the townsite, and the only emerg ...

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ATCO working to restore power to Jasper

Parks Canada photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca The power is coming, and people need to be ready. Critical infrastructure sites have had their power restored after the Chetamon wildfire impacted the powerline to Jasper. Now ATCO is moving on to figure out the rest of the town. "We have put on the second phase of electrical restoration to bring additional load to t ...

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