Parts of National Park reopened

The Rabbit Creek Wildfire in Prince Albert National Park has grown to 24,000 hectares. Smoke from the wildfire has led to closures in many of the publicly accessible parts of the park. -- Photo courtesy Parks Canada

Crews complete containment on Rabbit Creek Fire’s east side

The Narrows Road, some backcountry camp areas, the Elk Trail and the west side of Prince Albert National Park remained closed, but the rest of the park was reopened Wednesday.

All of the national park, except for the Waskesiu area and day use of Crean Lake and the Hanging Heart Lakes, had been closed due to smoke and wildfire risk.

Rain and cooler temperatures have helped crews gain access to some of the more remote parts of the fire, and reduced both the fire risk and smoke risk to Highway 263 and areas on the northeast side of the national park.

The fire is currently listed at 36,665 hectares, and crews are working to create control lines on the west and north sides of the fire. Containment has been completed on the south and east sides of the Rabbit Creek Fire. Patrols are monitoring those portions of the fire boundary to ensure that containment remains secure.

Currently, there are 10 helicopters, four pieces of heavy equipment and 211 personnel working on the fire. Firefighters hail from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec. Parks Canada crews are also involved in firefighting efforts.