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Posted: July 30, 2013

Wind gusts rapidly grow Numa fire in KNP

Gusty winds associated with thunderstorms in the area overnight have driven the Numa Creek Pass fire from three hectares (ha) to over 50 ha in the last 24 hours, Parks Canada reported last night (July 29).

“Open flame and active fire were visible from Highway 93 south during the overnight hours. Based on fire growth and proximity to values at risk, a closure of the Numa Creek Campground and drainage is now in effect. A lightning strike is suspected to have ignited the fire early last week, which was first reported and responded to on Thursday, July 25,” reports Lindsay McPherson Fire Communications Officer, Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit (LLYK).

The Numa Pass fire before the high winds hit.
The Numa Pass fire before the high winds hit.

How is the Rockwall trail affected?

·The continuous Rockwall trail from Floe Lake through to Helmet Falls is not accessible, as the following closures are in effect:

Numa Creek trail, campground and drainage;

Tumbling Creek trail; Floe Lake trail, campground and adjacent passes remain open.

Winds helped spread the fire to about 50 ha.
Winds helped spread the fire to about 50 ha.

Helmet Falls trail, campground and adjacent passes remain open.

There is potential for a long-term closure of the trail depending on seasonal weather patterns and increased fire behaviour.

Smoke remains highly visible along Highway 93 S through Kootenay National Park (KNP).

Important Notices

Visitors with smoke sensitivities should avoid using the area.

Visitor safety is top priority.

Fire crews continue to monitor and assess fire behaviour. Due to steep terrain and concerns for crew safety, the focus has shifted from full suppression to managing the fire within strategically defined boundaries.

Wildland fire plays an important role ecological role within the Mountain Parks. Fire is beneficial to White Bark Pine recovery, an endangered species present in the Numa Creek drainage.

Visitor Centre staff will directly contact existing Rockwall reservations to notify them of the current closures.

Report all new wildfires to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-1473

Photos courtesy Parks Canada

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