Crews protect power line to Jasper from fire caused by lightning


JASPER, ALTA. – Officials at Jasper National Park in Alberta say specialist crews have begun creating fire lines to protect a utility line that supplies power to the Jasper townsite.

Parks Canada said in a news release on Saturday that helicopters took off at sunrise to continue dumping water on the lower parts of the Chetamon Peak wildfire.

The blaze was started by lightning early Thursday and spread to 400 hectares, fanned by winds and burning about 10 miles (16 km) north of the townsite.

The press release says winds blew the fire to the northeast, away from the community.

Parks Canada says it will have a full national incident management team in place Sunday to provide additional emergency response capacity.

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for areas around the wildfire in Jasper National Park, extending to Hinton, Alberta, outside the park boundaries.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 3, 2022.

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