The Kenow Fire: By the Numbers (Sept. 12, 9:30 p.m.)

By Geoff Smith (@GeoffSmithLNN on Twitter)
September 13, 2017 - 6:12am

The latest information from the Government of Alberta gives us some scope and scale on the fire that is burning in and around Waterton Lakes National Park:

- Total size of fire: 42,000 ha (420 sq. km)

- Portion burning in Alberta: 33,000 ha (330 sq. km)

- Homes affected by evacuations: approximately 150 in M.D. of Pincher Creek, more than 50 in Cardston County. An estimated 180 members of the Blood Tribe also affected

- Total people under mandatory evacuation order: approximately 500

- Firefighters working in Waterton Lakes National Park: roughly 135, using nine Alberta air tankers and 14 helicopters. Seventeen trucks are in park

- Crews on standby: 125 firefighters, 23 helicopters

Highways closed:

- Highway 5 between Highway 800 and Waterton park boundary, and within park

- Highway 6 between Highway 505 and Waterton park boundary, and within park

- Chief Mountain border crossing

- Highway 532 west of Highway 22 (permit holders exempt)

- Highway 520, 12 km east of Highway 22 (permit holders exempt)

- Highway 774 between Highway 507 and Castle Provincial Park (permit holders exempt)

Parks closed:

- Waterton Lakes National Park

- Payne Lake Provincial Recreation Area

- Beauvais Lake Provincial Park

- Maycroft Provincial Recreation Area

- Waterton Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area

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