Wildfire burning in southwest portion of National Park

A wildfire is burning in the southwest corner of Prince Albert National Park.

Two alerts about the wildfire went out, one to RM of Shellbrook residents Monday, and one for RM of Canwood residents Tuesday. Both advisories warned residents living near the park boundary to be on standby in case there is a need to evacuate.

The Lakeland Fire Department in a Facebook post acknowledged a fire burning about 30 km west of Christopher Lake, but said there was no risk to any nearby residents.

As the fire is on federal land, it is not included on the provincial wildfire map or count.

A spokesperson from Parks Canada, in an emailed statement, said Parks Canada fire management crews are focused on the wildfire, and helicopters are dropping buckets of water as required.

“The safety of the public, our crews and neighbouring lands and communities is always our number one priority,” the statement said.

“Parks Canada is working closely with adjacent land-owners and municipalities to prepare for the possibility of the wildfire travelling beyond of the park boundary. We recommend that members of the public contact their Rural Municipality (R.M.) for information about evacuation alerts or orders in their area.”

Changing winds and wildfire activity will result in increased smoke over the next few days. A smoke column is visible at the south boundary of the park.