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Be bear safe and clear the path: Parks Canada

The bears have been in town more and more this year. Parks Canada says residents and visitors need to give them space and also be more bear aware while out around the neighborhoods and in their homes. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca With a growing number of bears frequenting the townsite, Parks Canada hopes to keep all two- and four-legged animals saf ...

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Jasper experiences hottest summer on record

Visitors walk in +30 C temperatures on Sept. 3. Jasper experienced its hottest summer on record with some of that heat extending beyond August. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Jasper had more heat than usual over the summer. While it experiences an average of four days of +30 C temperatures each year, Aug. 31 marked the 17th occasion that the mercury ...

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Jasper prepping for ‘extended’ power outage

A helicopter prepares to bucket water on the Chetamon wildfire on Sept. 4. | J.Stockfish photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca While the Municipality of Jasper lost power at 4 a.m. on Sept. 5, officials were already working to safely switch critical infrastructure to generator power by the afternoon. Those sites include the water and wastewater treatment plants, wate ...

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Jasper loses power due to wildfire

The Municipality of Jasper is experiencing a power outage due to the wildfire. | K.Gedling / Parks Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Jasper townsite is undergoing a power outage due to the Chetamon wildfire, which is now estimated to be over 8,000 hectares in size. The townsite briefly lost power for an hour on Sunday evening before losing power again at 4 a.m. the following morning. ATCO ...

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Wildfire spreads to powerlines, grows significantly

At approximately noon Sunday, the Chetamon wildfire spread to the ATCO electric powerline. | Parks Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Chetamon wildfire has spread to the ATCO powerline as of noon on Sunday with power briefly going out for about an hour in the evening. The wildfire began to impact power poles at around 2 p.m. At about 2:45 p.m., wind from the west started pushing the wildfir ...

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Wildfire could cause power outage to Jasper

The Chetamon wildfire is currently over 400 hectares in Jasper National Park. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Chetamon wildfire is not threatening the townsite at this time, but a power outage is possible, according to the Municipality of Jasper. As officials work to ensure power to Jasper is maintained, the municipality has activated its Emergency Coordination Centre to address pot ...

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Calling all amateur naturalists: Please submit your reports ‘e’-mediately

This beautiful Lady Slipper was taken at Jasper House by Steph Weizenbach. Alberta is home to 26 native species of orchids. Right now, Nature Alberta is promoting a Citizen Science project called Orchids Of Alberta to help raise awareness about our native orchids and monitor their health. | S.Weizenbach photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca The data has been tabulate ...

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Small wildfire east of Snaring River

Lightning from a passing thunderstorm late Wednesday evening started a small wildfire on Mount Chetamon. Parks Canada firefighters were already battling the blaze on Thursday morning. | K.Neef photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Parks Canada firefighters were already hard at work battling a small forest fire on Thursday morning. Details are still developing, but it ...

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Residents react to removal of fruit trees

With low fruit yields on backcountry berry trees, bears have become frequent visitors in town and even earlier than usual. | J.Hohenstein photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca The removal of two-dozen fruit trees in the Cabin Creek area has left some residents scratching their heads at the rationale. Last week, the Municipality of Jasper announced that it had placed ...

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Climate change and ecology key elements of new management plan

A view of Jasper National Park just inside the east gate. Parks Canada recently released its new 10-year management plan for the park, with an eye on managing climate change among other things. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca One of the first tangible efforts that the public might notice behind Parks Canada’s new forward-thinking management plan for J ...

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