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Posted on: May 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fire Update from Parks Canada

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Update May 5, 8:55 a.m.

Fire update from Parks Canada: 

The Compound Meadows prescribed fire excursion remains classified as ‘being held’ at 3 hectares. 

There is no threat to the Town of Banff at this time.

Fire crews will be working in the area in the coming days. You may see increased helicopter activity, smoke, and flame while crews work in the area.

Ignition related to prescribed fire operations in Compound Meadows have ceased for the spring/summer season. Ignition will only proceed if it will assist in suppression actions and protection of the public or infrastructure.

  • Banff Avenue is open, with speed reductions in effect. Flaggers are on site as fire crews are working roadside
  • Incoming precipitation will further assist in fire suppression efforts this weekend
  • Smoke and flame may be visible at times; please do not stop roadside to give crews space to respond
  • The area closure remains in place until further notice -

May 4, 10:34 a.m.

The Compound Meadows prescribed fire excursion remains to be classified as ‘being held’ at 3 hectares.

Today, fire crews will work on containing the excursion and actioning hotspots. Assessment of damaged infrastructure will also take place. Residents and visitors may see increased helicopter activity in the area while crews work on the ground.

◾ Banff Avenue is open, but we ask that the public follow posted speed reductions and on-site flaggers as fire crews are working roadside.

◾ There may be temporary delays along the legacy trail from the Minnewanka Loop interchange to Banff Avenue while crews assess burned trees for the safety of the public.

We would like to thank the professional fire personnel, interagency partners and contractors for their quick response yesterday.Yearly training events between Parks Canada and the Town of Banff ensure personnel can respond in a timely, coordinated manner. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the community for their support at this time.

An evening update will be provided later today by 2000h by Parks Canada at unless the fire situation changes

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