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Crews continue battle with wildfire, Jasper relying on generator power

One of the more than 125 firefighters on the ground fights the blaze in difficult terrain. | Parks Canada photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca The second week of the Chetamon Wildfire saw much activity and some successes. Although the fire itself is still considered to be out of control, it has grown minimally over the last several days, reaching 5,900 hectares as o ...

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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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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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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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Extreme fire danger in Jasper National Park

Parks Canada image Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca The fire danger rating reached the “extreme” level – the highest level on the scale – on the last Friday of July. The advisory came in the middle of Jasper’s most recent heatwave brought on by an extended period of hot, dry weather.  While heavy rains have since drenched much of the national park and most of Alberta ...

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Clearwater County issues wildfire evacuation order for several areas

A wildfire near Nordegg has prompted an evacuation order for several areas of Clearwater County. | Alberta Wildfire photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca An evacuation order has been issued for several parts of Clearwater County due to a wildfire about 19 kilometres west of Nordegg. The fire was 200 hectares on July 20, when the order was first issued, but grew to 366 hectares the following day. Clearwat ...

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