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Small wildfire in Banff being held

A small 0.016-hectare wildfire near the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is being held by Parks Canada fire personnel, the federal agency said Sunday night.
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A small 0.016-hectare wildfire near the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is being held by Parks Canada fire personnel, the federal agency said Sunday night. PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKS CANADA

BANFF – A small 0.016-hectare wildfire near the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is being held by Parks Canada fire personnel, the federal agency said Sunday night.

Parks Canada didn’t say the estimated time the fire began, but a small amount of smoke could be seen billowing in the area.

Parks Canada said an update will be provided Monday morning.

The fire is the second in the past 10 days following a 0.2-hectare wildfire to the west of Banff National Park’s east gate on Friday (Aug. 12). The Carrot Creek wildfire was quickly responded to by fire crews and two helicopters.

According to Alberta Wildfire's dashboard, there have been 911 wildfires in 2022 in the province.

Banff, Kootenay and Yoho national parks have been under a fire ban since Aug. 5. The Town of Canmore is also under a fire ban.

People can report any suspicious smoke or illegal campfires to Banff field unit dispatch at 403-762-1470.