Wildfire in South McLean Creek, Kananaskis (Champion Lakes Wildfire)

A wildfire was first reported about 4:30 AM on May 27, 2018 in Kananaskis about 16 km south of Bragg Creek. My guess is that the person occupying the Moose Mountain Fire Lookout spotted the fire. Thanks. As of 10 AM on Monday, May 28 it is listed as Out of Control and covers about 100 hectares. Firefighters from the Allen Bill fire brigade are fighting the fire with helicopters and ground crews. Redwood Meadows EMS has also been involved. It is reported to be moving slowly and is growing slowly. The area had been logged and the waste wood (slash) is reported to be fueling the fire. Cooler temperatures with significant rain are forecast for Tuesday, May 29.

The fire is just west of Highway 762. Officials called for a voluntary evacuation for people who live there. On May 29 the evacuation order was removed.

Update as of 1:30 PM, June 1

Provided by Alberta Wildfire. http://srd.web.alberta.ca/calgary-area-update

and Alberta Emergency Alert: http://www.albertaemergencyalert.ca/

AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE

  • 27 MAY (detection): 1 Out of Control wildfire 15 km SW of Bragg Creek, approximately 60 hectares in size.
    • 35 firefighters, 5 helicopters, 5 airtankers and 4 pieces of heavy equipment worked to establish guard on the wildfire Sunday. Favourable winds had the wildfire moving in a NW direction.
    • 17 firefighters and the 4 pieces of heavy equipment continued establishing guard on the East flank overnight. No significant growth occurred.
  • May 28
    • 28 firefighters and 7 helicopters continue to re-enforce the perimeter around the fire to limit any further spread this evening.
    • Guard established on 70% of the wildfire.
    • Minimal fire activity observed along perimeter.
    • 17 firefighters will continue to work the perimeter overnight, extinguishing hotspots
    • Cause remains under investigation.
  • May 29, 9 AM
    • Wildfire is now being held. 7 mm of rain and cool temperatures forecast
    • No evacuation order is in effect. Foothills maintains a smoke advisory.
    • 28 firefighters and 7 helicopters working on the fire today
    • At 10:20 AM Rocky View County cancelled the wildfire alert, saying only smoke in the area was a concern.
  • May 30
    • The fire continues to be held at 60 hectares (148 acres)
    • 47 firefighters and 3 helicopters are working on the wildfire today.
    • The temperature is cooler, but we didn’t get much rain, although more is expected.
    • Alberta Emergency Management Agency for Alberta Parks (Kananaskis) cancelled their Emergency Alert at 11:22 AM
    • The Foothills Emergency Alert was cancelled at 1 PM.
  • June 1
    • The fire was declared Under Control around noon.
    • 40 firefighters and 2 helicopters continue to work on the fire today
    • Cause remains under investigation
    • A fair amount of rain has reduced the wildfire danger to low.

 

Smoke from the fire was visible at 3 PM on May 27. This is an aerial, drone, photo taken from Forestry Way in West Bragg Creek.

As of 9 AM on May 28, the smoke had dissipated and moved east.

The best place to find information when trouble threatens is the Alberta Government Emergency Alert website.

http://www.albertaemergencyalert.ca/

There, you’ll also find a link to a guide to preparing an emergency survival kit.

http://www.aema.alberta.ca/build-a-kit

Rocky View County has a web page that provides information about the wildfire for residents.
https://www.rockyview.ca/CountyServices/SafeSound.aspx
If you join using this website, you will be contacted by phone and text about emergency updates.

You can get an updated status report from Alberta Wildfire here:
http://wildfire.alberta.ca/wildfire-status/status-map.aspx