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All areas of Jasper National Park’s Maligne Valley set to reopen

All areas of the Maligne Valley in Jasper National Park will be open Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
All areas of the Maligne Valley in Jasper National Park will be open Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Credit: Jasper National Park

EDMONTON — All areas of the Maligne Valley in Jasper National Park will be open Tuesday, nearly three weeks after a wildfire forced the closure of the area.

Favourable weather conditions have helped fire crews secure the perimeter of the Excelsior Wildfire, which continues to burn in the Maligne Valley about 15 kilometres from the Jasper Townsite.

Parks Canada said Monday the fire is under control and no hot spots have been detected in the last four days, but crews continue to monitor the area.

Forty firefighters remain on the ground, with the help of three helicopters.

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According to Jasper National Park, areas burned by the wildfire have already started to regenerate new grass.

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The wildfire, which was sparked by lightning, was reported on Thursday, July 9. It quickly grew to over 1,000 hectares in size but at no time were any people or wildlife at risk.

The Maligne Road to Maligne Valley reopened last Wednesday.