Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016 - Married under a smoke filled sky

May 19, 2016 Today my fiance Sarah and I were married under a big tree that I had painted behind the Alberta Legislature. All day it threatened rain for our wedding ceremony but instead we were shrouded in wildfire smoke. On a clear day the High Level Bridge in the background of this photo my daughter took would have easily been seen on a clear day. YouTube: Painting the big tree

July 15, 2015: Mother Nature tempers raging wildfire in Maligne Valley. Rain and cooler temperatures continue to help fire crews fight the Excelsior Wildfire burning out of control in the Maligne Valley, about 15 kilometres south east of Jasper. The fire, suspected to be caused by a lightning strike, was first reported on July 9 around 3:30 p.m. and forced more than 1,000 people to flee the picturesque valley over the course of two days. With the more recent rain and continued cooler temperatures it’s definitely helped to continue to slow the Excelsior Wildfire,” said Kim Weir, fire communications officer for Jasper National Park. "It certainly isn’t as intense as last Thursday or Friday. This has provided us an opportunity to attack the fire directly.” Initially, the fire was too intense to allow firefighters on the ground and bucketing water from the air proved pointless because the fire was too powerful to control with small amounts of water. After overnight rainfall on Friday, Parks Canada was finally able to put people on the ground on Saturday. The fire runs along the flanks of Medicine Lake and extends along its southwest side toward Excelsior Creek, explained Weir. It crossed Maligne Lake Road at the north end of the lake and burned the slopes along part of the road, near the Medicine Lake lookout. In a rare bit of good news, an eagle’s nest at Medicine Lake appears to have survived the fire, despite the tree it’s perched on being partially burned. "I heard from at least two folks that the eaglet was on the nest,” said Weir. Jasper's Independent Newspaper Jasper FitzHugh

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