No growth in size of Waterton Lakes National Park fire

By Geoff Smith (Lethbridge News Now)
September 11, 2018 - 6:08am

WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK – Helicopter attacks have helped keep the Boundary Fire from growing within Waterton, Parks Canada said Monday, Sept. 10.

Despite windy conditions, fire growth was limited by strategic attacks from three Canadian helicopters throughout Monday. Crews are looking forward to getting some help from cooler weather the next few days.

The fire size remains at an estimated 1,100 ha and is 14 per cent contained. It was first discovered on the American side of the border, in Glacier National Park, Aug. 23 and spread into Canada Sept. 7.

There have been no additional closures in Waterton. The park remains open, but the fire has forced the closure of Bertha Lake Trail, Lakeshore Trail, Bertha Lake and Bertha Bay Backcountry campgrounds. Due to helicopter operations, Bison Paddock overlook including road access to Horseshoe Trail is closed.

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