The fire in RMNP is now reported to be under control. Less smoke in the air the last couple of days! Special thanks to all of the firefighters who helped to preserve our beautiful forests! Below is a press release issued by Parks Canada regarding the fire.
UPDATE ON THE MUSKRAT CREEK WILDFIRE IN
RIDING MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK (RMNP)
Wasagaming, Manitoba, October 9, 2011, 12:00 p.m. – Cooler weather and some rain have slowed the spread of the Muskrat Creek wildfire. Parks Canada fire specialists do not expect a significant amount of fire activity today. At this time, the fire poses no threat to people or property. Winds are coming from the west today..., pushing smoke toward the communities of Kelwood, Riding Mountain and Birnie. Residents in and nearby those locations can expect smoke throughout the day; smoke may settle more significantly overnight.
Fire crews are presently focusing on: extinguishing a small area burning west of
Rolling River Road, monitoring the south section of the fire, and further
strengthening the fireguard on the western flank of the fire. A fireguard was
completed on October 7 on the southwest flank of the fire and a hose line was
laid along it to protect adjacent landowners. Currently, there are five Parks
Canada fire crews, three helicopters, an incident management team and numerous
RMNP staff working on fire operations.
An evacuation alert that had been issued by the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam, and the Erickson and District Fire Department, in consultation with Parks Canada, has been lifted.
Fortunately, at no time were any residents required to leave their homes. It is
likely that residents living near the fire line will experience localized smoke
in their communities for the next several days.
The following areas have been closed to the public: Highway 19, Rolling River Road, and all trails east of Highway 10. A fire ban has also been put in place throughout the park.
The fire covers 2000 hectares of Riding Mountain National Park (note: park is
300,000 hectares) and stretches from north to south 14 km.
High winds and temperatures fanned the prescribed burn back to life to become a
wildfire in the Muskrat Creek area of Riding Mountain National Park. Fire
specialists ignited a 14 hectare prescribed fire unit on September 23, 2011. On
the evening of October 5, though previous monitoring had indicated that the fire
was contained within the unit, strong winds and unusually warm, dry weather
fanned the fire back to life to exceed the containment line.
For more information or to redirect public inquiries, please contact:
Riding Mountain National Park
Tel.: 204-210-0213 http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/scond/Cond_E.asp?oID=7646&oPark=100373See More