Main content of the website

Chetamon Wildfire

Parks Canada continues to action the Chetamon wildfire, located approximately 15km north of Jasper townsite at high elevation. The wildfire is currently not a risk to the Jasper townsite. 

For the most current information and updates, follow this page as well as the below:

Municipality of Jasper Facebook page

Jasper National Park Facebook page

Jasper National Park website

Other Helpful Links

Wednesday, September 14th at 12:50pm Update:

We are happy to report that ATCO was successful in switching Jasper from the temporary generator system to the transmission line. Jasper now has sufficient, stable and reliable power, and we are able and eager to safely welcome visitors back to the community.

đ“đĄđžđ«đž 𝐱𝐬 𝐧𝐹 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞 đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐩𝐹𝐧 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞.

The Municipality of Jasper would like to acknowledge and thank Parks Canada and ATCO for all the dedicated equipment and resources they have devoted to battling the Chetamon wildfire and to restoring electric power to our community, with particular emphasis on their human resources.  

The Parks Canada crews on the fire line, in the air, and in other important roles; the ATCO crews working on site to configure, install and align the generators; those working within the town to restore power; those who worked so effectively and efficiently to repair and restore the damaged transmission line; and those working in other places sourcing equipment and providing technical support to those on the ground here in Jasper. 

To all, we extend our deepest thanks and appreciation and lasting gratitude.

We also thank our community members who have responded with such understanding and support. Residents who have suffered their own losses in so many ways, yet have responded overwhelmingly with patience, goodwill, calmness, kindness, and support. 

To our commercial sector, who have understood, accepted, and supported our priorities, who have recognized that we are all members of one cohesive community we offer our deep appreciation.  

We acknowledge and thank those many businesses who voluntarily acquired their own generators and committed to remain on that source of power to free-up load capacity for critical infrastructure, for residents and for essential services until a long-term solution had been achieved.  

And to those visitors who were able to change their plans in the midst of everything happening here in Jasper, we thank you for your cooperation and for your consideration.  We look forward to seeing you in Jasper soon.

Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30pm Update:

đ”đ©đđšđ­đž đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐎:

Thank you to the residents and businesses in the town of Jasper for all your patience and understanding while we work on restoring power.

We have made great progress in repairing our infrastructure and we are at the point where we are able to energize the line and move from the temporary generation system back to the transmission system. Starting Wednesday, Sept. 14 at approximately 1 am, we will be moving the town back to the transmission system in a phased approach. If this goes well, we will also start moving the outlying communities back on the transmission system. We continue to have the temporary generation system remain in place for backup.

Businesses that have voluntarily acquired their own generators are reminded that they are responsible to ensure it is safely tied into the system. If this connection to the generator is on the ATCO side of your main breaker, please let us know by calling 1-800-668-5506 and we will inspect the site when the generator is removed to ensure the safety of your service and our system. Not doing so can cause additional risk to you and your employees.

Follow us on Twitter or the Municipality of Jasper's Facebook page to stay up to date on the situation and response. 

Tuesday, September 13th at 2:45pm Update:

Update from Parks Canada: 


High-volume sprinkler system
With effective firefighting efforts preventing southward spread of the Chetamon wildfire for the last 5 days and reduced fire potential due to the cooler forecast this week, extensive fire contingency measures are no longer needed. Contractors will begin to dismantle the high-volume sprinkler system on Pyramid Bench on Tuesday, along with facility protection sprinkler systems on the waste water treatment plant, the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre, and Snaring Campground.


Tuesday, September 13th at 1:30pm Update:

đ“đĄđžđ«đž 𝐱𝐬 𝐧𝐹 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞 đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐩𝐹𝐧 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞. 
The Chetamon wildfire, burning east of the townsite, has damaged the main power line bringing electricity to the town of Jasper. The community started to experience power interruptions on the afternoon of Sunday, September 4th. 
ATCO continues to stabilize power available to the town through generators while they repair the main power line. There is currently a reduced power supply available in Jasper and we may experience intermittent outages. Decreased visitation has helped maintain sufficient power to the community. 


Some businesses have closed while others remain open. Some businesses are using their own generators while others remain connected to ATCO’s power supply. ATCO expects that some businesses will connect into their generators to operate, and has accounted for this in their power load management. Businesses are not subject to any formal restrictions, and are encouraged to make their own decisions and conserve power as best they can. We appreciate that everyone is doing their best during a challenging time. 


𝐓𝐡𝐞 đŒđźđ§đąđœđąđ©đšđ„đąđ­đČ 𝐹𝐟 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« đ«đžđŠđąđ§đđŹ đŻđąđŹđąđ­đšđ«đŹ 𝐭𝐹 đœđšđ§đŹđąđđžđ« đŠđšđ€đąđ§đ  đšđ„đ­đžđ«đ§đšđ­đž đ©đ„đšđ§đŹ đźđ§đ­đąđ„ 𝐬𝐼𝐟𝐟𝐱𝐜𝐱𝐞𝐧𝐭, đŹđ­đšđ›đ„đž 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ«đžđ„đąđšđ›đ„đž đ©đšđ°đžđ« 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐼𝐧𝐱𝐭đČ 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 đ«đžđŹđ­đšđ«đžđ. 


To conserve power for the community of Jasper, Parks Canada has closed campgrounds and reduced visitor services. The Municipality of Jasper is keeping several facilities closed including the Aquatic Centre and the Arena. The Fitness Centre, a LEED Certified facility, uses very little power and is now open.  
The townsite is experiencing smoky conditions again today. Parks Canada has indicated that the smoke in town is drifting from different wildfires burning in British Columbia and the United States. 


👉 đ„đ§đŻđąđ«đšđ§đŠđžđ§đ­ 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐚: Air quality alerts - http://ow.ly/mtFp50KzBtH
👉 đ…đąđ«đžđ’đŠđšđ€đž 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐚: Live smoke forecast - http://ow.ly/7sIQ50KzBtM
👉 𝟓-𝟏-𝟏 đ€đ„đ›đžđ«đ­đš: Road access updates - http://ow.ly/tpmw50KzBtG
👉 đ‡đžđšđ„đ­đĄ đ‹đąđ§đ€: Impact of Smoke - Call 8-1-1 or visit http://ow.ly/Y7M650KzBtE


Tuesday, September 13th at 11:45 am Updates:

Update from ATCO: 
We continue to maintain power in the town of Jasper through our generator system. Thank you to all the residents and businesses who are continuing to conserve energy and to those who are changing their travel plans and not visiting Jasper at this time. This has a big impact on how we are successfully maintaining our system. However, the generator system is complex and continues to not be as reliable as the transmission system which may lead to intermittent power outages. Our crews continue to monitor the system and deliver the best outcome and reliability under these circumstances.


If residents or businesses are still without power, please call us at 1-800-668-5506 or use our online form.
Our construction crews are still continuing their efforts to rebuild damaged power lines and structures in areas that are safe to access. Again, the timing of rebuilding the system will depend on the ever-changing conditions of the fire.


We’d also like to thank the many businesses who have voluntarily acquired their own generators and have committed to remain on that source to free-up load capacity. Please remember that if you have installed your own generator, you are responsible to ensure it is safely tied into the system. If this connection to the generator is on the ATCO side of your main breaker, please let us know by calling 1-800-668-5506 and we will inspect the site when the generator is removed to ensure safety of your service and our system. Not doing so can cause additional risk to you and your employees.


Thank you again to the residents and businesses for your patience and kindness as we work through this. As always, we continue to work as quickly & safely as possible in partnership with the Municipality & Parks Canada.
Follow us on Twitter or the Municipality of Jasper's Facebook page to stay up to date on the situation and response. 
For more updates on the restoration activity, visit our Outage webpage: https://electric.atco.com/en-ca.html 


Update from Parks Canada: 
Chetamon Wildfire Update – Smoky skies and progress being made on Chetamon wildfire perimeter
Note: Parks Canada will share Chetamon wildfire updates before noon each day. Additional updates will be provided when new information is available.
🔾 Wildfire update
The estimated size of the Chetamon wildfire is approximately 5800 hectares.
Parks Canada has more than 125 firefighting personnel and nine helicopters dedicated to reducing the risk of the Chetamon wildfire impacting critical infrastructure and communities. No communities are threatened by the Chetamon wildfire at this time.
Despite moderate to strong winds on Sunday, firefighting ground crews and helicopter bucketing held the Chetamon wildfire to previously established control lines on both the north and south ends. Parks Canada is also working with ATCO to facilitate safe and rapid access, material staging, and danger tree removal for power line repairs. 
Ground crews are working their way into accessible terrain and setting hose lines to extinguish active areas along priority perimeter locations. Crews and helicopters are also working to extinguish hot spots within the perimeter. Firefighting crews and specialists from British Columbia and Alberta are supporting Parks Canada firefighters who have arrived from coast to coast.
🔾 Smoke
Current conditions in Jasper are smoky. Smoke is drifting from wildfires in British Columbia and the United States. The direction and amount of smoke depends on the weather and changes in wind direction.
Travelers are advised that smoke could affect visibility on roadways. Yellowhead Highway 16 is open. Check 511 Alberta for road conditions and updates: https://511.alberta.ca/#:Alerts
For health concerns, monitor the air quality index on Environment Canada at weather.gc.ca and visit Alberta Health Services or call Health Link: 8-1-1 https://myhealth.alberta.ca/.../wildfire-smoke-health.aspx
🔾 No drone zone
Several drones have grounded all aircraft during peak wildfire operations. Flying drones in a national park, especially near a wildfire, endangers the lives and well-being of everyone working in the area. Using recreational drones in Jasper National Park is dangerous and illegal, carrying a maximum fine of $25,000. 
🔾 Campground closures and reduced visitor services
Parks Canada asks visitors to consider making alternate plans until regular power and services are restored to Jasper in the coming weeks. Until the ATCO transmission power line can be repaired, Jasper will experience intermittent power outages and a reduced power supply. 
To conserve power in Jasper, campground reservations are currently closed. Whistlers and Wapiti campgrounds are temporarily closed until September 25, 2022 (inclusive). People with reservations within and overlapping that time period will be contacted through the reservation system and refunded automatically. 
For campsites in other national parks, campers are strongly encouraged to reserve on the Parks Canada Reservation System before arriving: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/reserve
It is always illegal to camp in a national park without a permit. 
🔾 More information
â–Ș Chetamon wildfire updates: parkscanada.gc.ca/chetamon
â–Ș Parks Canada warnings and closures: http://ow.ly/biIu50KzBtF
â–Ș Municipality of Jasper updates: https://www.facebook.com/municipalityofjasper
â–Ș ATCO Electric updates: https://electric.atco.com/en-ca.html
â–Ș Yellowhead Country updates: https://yhcounty.ca/
â–Ș Environment Canada air quality statement: http://ow.ly/mtFp50KzBtH
â–Ș Alberta Health Services air quality info: http://ow.ly/Y7M650KzBtE or call Health Link 8-1-1 
â–Ș Local air quality data: https://bit.ly/3B1tvsY
â–Ș Live smoke forecast: http://ow.ly/7sIQ50KzBtM
â–Ș Road conditions and access updates: https://511.alberta.ca or call 5-1-1 
â–Ș Emergency preparedness tips: http://ow.ly/x1GH50KzBtK
Questions? Call Jasper National Park’s information line at 780-852-6176.



Monday, September 12th at 12:00 pm Update:

đ“đĄđžđ«đž 𝐱𝐬 𝐧𝐹 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞 𝐹𝐟 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐩𝐹𝐧 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞. 


Due to the Chetamon wildfire burning east of the townsite, the main power line bringing electricity to the townsite of Jasper was damaged. ATCO continues to work on restoring power to the community through generators while they repair the main power line. 


Until the main power line has been repaired, the townsite is connected to generator power which is not as stable or reliable. Residents and businesses have been experiencing power outages since early in the morning of Monday, September 5th. 
ATCO continues to work on restoring power to the community through generators. At this time, 100% of the Jasper townsite has received consistent power from the ATCO generators for 18 hours. Saying that, the power remains unstable and there will be intermittent outages over the coming weeks while ATCO repairs the main power line. 


To conserve power in Jasper, the Municipality of Jasper will be keeping several facilities closed. We urge all individuals and businesses to continue to conserve as much power as possible. 


While we typically welcome visitors with open arms, now is not the ideal time to visit Jasper. We cannot provide reliable and stable power and the Chetamon wildfire remains active. Visitors who can change their travel plans are recommended to do so.
The townsite is experiencing smoky conditions this morning. 

Parks Canada has indicated that the smoke in town is drifting from different wildfires burning in British Columbia and the United States. Here are some helpful links: 


đ„đ§đŻđąđ«đšđ§đŠđžđ§đ­ 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐚: Air quality alerts - http://ow.ly/mtFp50KzBtH
đ…đąđ«đžđ’đŠđšđ€đž 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐚: Live smoke forecast - http://ow.ly/7sIQ50KzBtM
𝟓-𝟏-𝟏 đ€đ„đ›đžđ«đ­đš: Road access updates - http://ow.ly/tpmw50KzBtG
đ‡đžđšđ„đ­đĄ đ‹đąđ§đ€: Impact of Smoke - Call 8-1-1 or visit http://ow.ly/Y7M650KzBtE

Thank you for your patience and continued cooperation during this time.


ATCO Update - September 12, 11:00 am: 

Our crews have been working as quickly and safely as possible on our restoration efforts to maintain power to the town of Jasper through the generator system. As of yesterday evening, we have been able to restore power to the town. If you are still without power, please call us at 1-800-668-5506 or use our online form at electric.atco.com/poweroutages.

Please note that due to the complexity of the generator system, you may still notice intermittent power outages. Our crews continue to monitor the system and deliver the best outcome and reliability under these circumstances.

We are still asking residents and businesses to conserve energy during this time to help maintain the system. These measures include:

  • Turning off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances  
  • Minimizing the use of air conditioning or space heaters  
  • Reducing the use of major power-consuming appliances, such as washers, dryers, stoves and dishwashers  
  • Using cold water for washing clothes  
  • Limiting charge time for EV’s & trickle chargers for vehicles

Our construction crews are still continuing their efforts to rebuild damaged power lines and structures in areas that are safe to access. Again, the timing of rebuilding the system will depend on the ever-changing conditions of the fire.

We continue to work as quickly & safely as possible in partnership with the Municipality & Parks Canada.

Lastly, we cannot thank the residents and businesses enough for the patience and understanding you’ve shown during this time. Thank you.

Follow us on Twitter or the Municipality of Jasper's Facebook page to stay up to date on the situation and response. 

For more updates on the restoration activity, visit our Outage webpage


Parks Canada Update - September 12, 11:00 am: 
Chetamon Wildfire Update – Smoky skies and progress being made on Chetamon wildfire perimeter
Note: Parks Canada will share Chetamon wildfire updates before noon each day. Additional updates will be provided when new information is available.


🔾 Wildfire update
The estimated size of the Chetamon wildfire is approximately 5800 hectares.
Parks Canada has more than 125 firefighting personnel and nine helicopters dedicated to reducing the risk of the Chetamon wildfire impacting critical infrastructure and communities. No communities are threatened by the Chetamon wildfire at this time.
Despite moderate to strong winds on Sunday, firefighting ground crews and helicopter bucketing held the Chetamon wildfire to previously established control lines on both the north and south ends. Parks Canada is also working with ATCO to facilitate safe and rapid access, material staging, and danger tree removal for power line repairs. 
Ground crews are working their way into accessible terrain and setting hose lines to extinguish active areas along priority perimeter locations. Crews and helicopters are also working to extinguish hot spots within the perimeter. Firefighting crews and specialists from British Columbia and Alberta are supporting Parks Canada firefighters who have arrived from coast to coast.
🔾 Smoke
Current conditions in Jasper are smoky. Smoke is drifting from wildfires in British Columbia and the United States. The direction and amount of smoke depends on the weather and changes in wind direction.
Travelers are advised that smoke could affect visibility on roadways. Yellowhead Highway 16 is open. Check 511 Alberta for road conditions and updates: https://511.alberta.ca/#:Alerts
For health concerns, monitor the air quality index on Environment Canada at weather.gc.ca and visit Alberta Health Services or call Health Link: 8-1-1 https://myhealth.alberta.ca/.../wildfire-smoke-health.aspx
🔾 No drone zone
Several drones have grounded all aircraft during peak wildfire operations. Flying drones in a national park, especially near a wildfire, endangers the lives and well-being of everyone working in the area. Using recreational drones in Jasper National Park is dangerous and illegal, carrying a maximum fine of $25,000. 
🔾 Campground closures and reduced visitor services
Parks Canada asks visitors to consider making alternate plans until regular power and services are restored to Jasper in the coming weeks. Until the ATCO transmission power line can be repaired, Jasper will experience intermittent power outages and a reduced power supply. 

To conserve power in Jasper, campground reservations are currently closed. Whistlers and Wapiti campgrounds are temporarily closed until September 25, 2022 (inclusive). People with reservations within and overlapping that time period will be contacted through the reservation system and refunded automatically. 
For campsites in other national parks, campers are strongly encouraged to reserve on the Parks Canada Reservation System before arriving: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/reserve

It is always illegal to camp in a national park without a permit. 

Questions? Call Jasper National Park’s information line at 780-852-6176.


Sunday, September 11th at 11:30am Update:

The town of Jasper continues to face the challenge of the total loss of transmitted grid power to the entire community.
As ATCO continues work to restore power to all segments of the community through generators, and has achieved some welcomed success, the limitations of the temporary generators remain evident.  

For electric power restoration, the Municipality of Jasper has prioritized, in order: critical infrastructure; residents; essential services - which includes gas stations, grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies; and other commercial users. These priorities will guide all required decision-making regarding the allocation of available power within the community.

We anticipate that intermittent outages will continue so long as we remain connected to generator power, which ATCO has indicated will be for the next few weeks. We urge all individuals and businesses to continue to conserve as much power as possible.  

While we typically welcome visitors with open arms, now is not the ideal time to visit Jasper: we cannot provide reliable and stable power; and the Chetamon wildfire remains active, with potential to evolve rapidly. Any visitors who can change their travel plans are strongly recommended to do so.

The Municipality of Jasper wishes to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Parks Canada and ATCO for all the dedicated equipment and resources they have devoted to battling the Chetamon wildfire and to restoring electric power to our community, with particular emphasis on their Human Resources.  

The Parks Canada crews on the fire line, in the air, and in other important roles; the ATCO crews working on site to configure, install and align the generators; those working within the town to restore power; and those working in other places sourcing equipment and providing technical support to those on the ground here in Jasper.

We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation. We might say they have been working tirelessly, but expect they must be tired in the extreme; yet they work on to protect and restore our community, for which they have our lasting gratitude.

We also thank our community members who have responded with such understanding and support.  Residents who have suffered their own losses in so many ways, yet have responded overwhelmingly with patience, goodwill, kindness, and support. 
And to our commercial sector, who have understood, accepted, and supported our priorities, who have recognized that we are all members of one cohesive community.  We acknowledge and thank those many businesses who have voluntarily acquired their own generators and have committed to remain on that source of power to free-up load capacity for critical infrastructure, for residents and for essential services until more long-term solutions have been achieved.  

We have seen a united community response to a most serious, significant, and continuing community threat: we could not be more proud or more appreciative


Saturday, September 10th at 11:00am Update: 

The town of Jasper continues to face the challenge of the total loss of transmitted grid power to the entire community.

As ATCO works to restore power to all segments of the community through generators, the technical complexities and load limitations of the temporary generators have become increasingly evident.

At this time, 90% of the Jasper townsite has received consistent power from the ATCO generators for over 20 hours. 
Saying that, anticipate that there will be intermittent outages over the next few weeks. These outages have impacted essential services including food and gas, which will continue to be limited as the power remains unstable.

While we typically welcome visitors with open arms, now is not the ideal time to visit Jasper. We cannot provide reliable and stable power, and the Chetamon wildfire situation is evolving rapidly.  Any visitors who can change their travel plans are strongly recommended to do so.

The Municipality of Jasper and Parks Canada are working together on short to mid-term contingency plans to ensure essential services such as fuel and food in grocery stores remain available. We are also endeavouring to ensure our seniors and vulnerable population are looked after, should another extended power outage take place. 
ATCO is still assessing damage, however, has confirmed the extent of the known existing damage to the overhead transmission line will take ‘weeks’ to repair.

To reduce load and allow more parts of the community to receive power, the Municipality has reverted to operating the Wastewater Treatment Plant with its own back-up generator capacity. We are still without reliable, consistent generator power supplied by ATCO, and current power to the community will be redirected to the Wastewater Treatment Plant if required.

If power demand exceeds capacity, we will be required to make decisions to limit demand to ensure critical services can be supported.


Saturday, September 10th at 9:00am Update:

𝐃𝐹 đČ𝐹𝐼 đ„đąđŻđž 𝐱𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đŹđ­đąđ„đ„ 𝐝𝐹𝐧'𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 đ©đšđ°đžđ«?

If you are still without power, please call ATCO at 1-800-668-5506 or use our online form at electric.atco.com/poweroutages.


Friday, September 9th at 1:40pm Update:

We understand that some residents are questioning why we haven’t declared a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) and wanted to provide some context around what declaring a SOLE means, and why we do not need one at this time.
 
Declaring a State of Local Emergency would grant us special powers to do things such as: 
  •  order an evacuation; 
  •  control the distribution of essential supplies (such as food or gas);
  •  authorize entry into any building or land without warrant; 
  •  demolition or removal of any trees or structures; 
  •  procure or fix prices for food, clothing, fuel, equipment, medical supplies, etc.; 
  •  use of any property, services, resources, or equipment; and 
  •  conscription or make an order for the conscription of persons. 
Because we currently do not require the above actions, we are not considering declaring a State of Local Emergency at this time. A State of Local Emergency does not need to be declared in order to receive disaster recovery funding.

The Municipality of Jasper and Parks Canada are working together on short to mid-term contingency plans to ensure essential services such as fuel and food in grocery stores remain available, and our seniors are looked after, should another extended power outage take place.


Friday, September 9th at 12:15pm Update:

The town of Jasper continues to face the challenge of the total loss of transmitted grid power to the entire community.
 
As ATCO works to restore power to all segments of the community through generators, the technical complexities and load limitations of the temporary generators have become increasingly evident. The situation remains precarious.

We anticipate that there will be intermittent outages over the next few weeks. These outages have impacted essential services including food supply and food service, and gas stations, which will continue to be limited as the power remains unstable. 
The Municipality of Jasper and Parks Canada are working together on short to mid-term contingency plans to ensure essential services such as fuel and food in grocery stores remain available, and our seniors are looked after, should another extended power outage take place.

ATCO is still assessing damage, however, has confirmed the extent of the known existing damage to the overhead transmission line will take ‘weeks’ to repair.

To reduce load and allow more parts of the community to receive power, the Municipality has reverted to operating the Wastewater Treatment Plant with its own back-up generator capacity. We are still without reliable, consistent generator power supplied by ATCO, and current power to the community will be redirected to the Wastewater Treatment Plant if required. 
If power demand exceeds capacity, we will be required to make decisions to limit demand to ensure critical services can be supported.

While we typically welcome visitors with open arms, is not the ideal time to visit Jasper. The Chetamon wildfire situation is evolving rapidly and any visitors who are able to change their travel plans are recommended to do so.



Friday, September 9th at 11:44am Update:

PARKS CANADA UPDATE: Chetamon Wildfire Update – Jasper townsite protections in place
Note: Parks Canada will share future Chetamon wildfire updates before noon each day. Additional updates will be provided when new information is available.

The Chetamon wildfire is now approximately 5600 hectares.

Parks Canada’s top priority remains taking proactive measures to ensure the protection of public safety and critical infrastructure and protecting communities from future potential growth of the Chetamon wildfire. No communities are at risk of wildfire at this time.

Firefighters are testing a large-scale high-volume sprinkler system now in place on Jasper’s Community Fire Guard. When pumping water, this system produces an equivalent of 30 mm of rain in less than an hour. It will proactively protect infrastructure within the townsite if needed.

On the fire perimeter, firefighters successfully burned off brush and trees with hand torches to remove forest fuels and further secure the protection line south of the wildfire. There is still potential for spotting and wildfire spread further upstream along the Snaring River.

Alberta Wildfire is supporting Parks Canada by providing airtankers for evaluation and fire suppression. Low winds on Thursday allowed Alberta Wildfire airtankers to again make two successful retardant drops on the north end of the wildfire. This will allow for safer helicopter operations but may also create smoke along Highway 16.

Parks Canada and the RCMP are prepared to use traffic control on Highway 16 to ensure highway safety in accordance with a highway traffic safety plan. A highway closure is the last resort. The Government of British Columbia is also providing firefighter support. A twenty-person firefighting crew arrived on Thursday.

Forecasted winds may push smoke into the townsite of Jasper and cause some additional southward fire spread. Weather forecasts into the weekend call for dry and hot temperatures and strong winds on Sunday. This could intensify fire behaviour and increase wildfire growth on the weekend. That combination can make conditions unsafe for firefighters on the fire perimeter, which makes aircraft suppression tactics the only direct way to slow the spread. 

Power Outage
Parks Canada asks visitors to make alternate plans until regular power and services are restored to Jasper. The Municipality of Jasper and outlying areas have been experiencing extended power outages since 4:00 am on Monday, September 5. Electrical power, when available, is currently focused on critical and essential services only. While Miette Hot Springs and the Columbia Icefields are not affected, Parks Canada and the Municipality of Jasper are only able to provide essential services in the townsite and surrounding areas.



Thursday, September 8th at 7:00pm Update:

Update from ATCO:  

“Power to critical sites & residential area is restored in Jasper. Our crews continue to work with the Municipality & Jasper National Park and will monitor the system’s stability throughout the evening. Thanks to everyone for your patience through this critical time.” 


Thursday, September 8th at 12:45pm Update:

Message from our Emergency Coordination Centre:
 
Dear Jasperites,

Thank you for your patience and kindness as we work through this large scale community emergency. Your support has been invaluable and emergency management teams from the Municipality of Jasper, Parks Canada, and ATCO are grateful for your support. We are happy to report that inter-agency collaboration has been very effective and aligned in priorities. 
We are writing to share with Jasper residents that our focus and priority is to keep critical infrastructure running, so we can continue to provide water, wastewater and emergency services to the community. Without these services in place, we could not allow residents to remain in their homes.

Our second priority is to restore power to residents. As you already know, powering the community with generators has proven to be a challenge. We are likely to see more frequent outages and brownouts until we get back on the main transmission line. We must conserve energy to ensure power can be maintained for as many Jasperites as possible. 
While we are experiencing some challenges, between existing emergency generators (municipal and others) and the ATCO generator system and resources, we do believe we can maintain basic services to keep Jasper residents in their homes. We will be providing timely updates if the situation changes.

If you need support or assistance, or know someone who needs support or assistance, do not hesitate to drop in at the Reception Centre located at the Jasper Activity Centre, or access confidential, non-judgemental supports available through Community Outreach Services at 780-852-2100.

đ‚đĄđ«đąđŹđ­đąđ§đž 𝐍𝐚𝐝𝐹𝐧, đ„đŠđžđ«đ đžđ§đœđČ đ‚đšđšđ«đđąđ§đšđ­đąđšđ§ đ‚đžđ§đ­đ«đž (𝐄𝐂𝐂) đƒđąđ«đžđœđ­đšđ« 
𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐰 𝐂𝐹𝐧𝐭𝐞, đƒđžđ©đźđ­đČ đ„đŠđžđ«đ đžđ§đœđČ đ‚đšđšđ«đđąđ§đšđ­đąđšđ§ đ‚đžđ§đ­đ«đž (𝐄𝐂𝐂) đƒđąđ«đžđœđ­đšđ«


Thursday, September 8th at 11:30am Update:

The town of Jasper is facing the challenge of the total loss of transmitted grid power to the entire community. 

Even as ATCO works to restore power to all segments of the community through generators, the technical complexities and load limitations of the temporary generators have become increasingly evident. The situation is precarious.

𝐍𝐹𝐰 𝐱𝐬 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐹 𝐯𝐱𝐬𝐱𝐭 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« đđšđ­đąđšđ§đšđ„ đđšđ«đ€. 𝐖𝐞 đ°đąđ„đ„ 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐛𝐞 đ°đžđ„đœđšđŠđąđ§đ  đŻđąđŹđąđ­đšđ«đŹ 𝐭𝐹 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« đźđ§đ­đąđ„ 𝐰𝐞 đšđ«đž 𝐜𝐹𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐱𝐧 đ©đšđ°đžđ« đ đ«đąđ. 

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž 𝐱𝐬 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐚 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐼𝐧𝐱𝐭đČ 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞.

ATCO has confirmed the extent of the existing damage to the overhead transmission line and provided an estimate that it will take ‘weeks’ to repair.

To reduce load and allow more parts of the community to receive power, the Municipality has reverted to operating the Wastewater Treatment Plant with its own back-up generator capacity. We are still without reliable, consistent generator power supplied by ATCO, and current power to the community may be redirected to the Wastewater Treatment Plant if required. 

𝐈𝐟 đ©đšđ°đžđ« 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐝 đžđ±đœđžđžđđŹ đœđšđ©đšđœđąđ­đČ, 𝐰𝐞 đ°đąđ„đ„ 𝐛𝐞 đ«đžđȘđźđąđ«đžđ 𝐭𝐹 đŠđšđ€đž 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐱𝐬𝐱𝐹𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐹 đ„đąđŠđąđ­ 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐹 đžđ§đŹđźđ«đž đœđ«đąđ­đąđœđšđ„ đŹđžđ«đŻđąđœđžđŹ 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 đŹđźđ©đ©đšđ«đ­đžđ.

The Chetamon Wildfire is still active and will progressively become more intense in the coming days. If the wildfire area doesn’t receive significant rain, further damage to power supply infrastructure remains a possibility – as is a potential wildfire threat to the community. 

Jasper residents and businesses have demonstrated remarkable adaptability, resilience, and calmness in the face of the present calamity. But even as parts of the town become re-energized, those admirable characteristics must continue.

Please follow this link to read the letter sent to businesses and tourism partners on September 7th.




Wednesday, September 7th at 6:10pm Update:

𝐌𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐎 𝐚𝐭 𝟔:đŸđŸŽđ©đŠ:

"We're currently experiencing a power outage to the entire town of Jasper. Our crews are responding. At this time we don't have an estimated time when power will be restored, but we're working as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this."



Wednesday, September 7th, 2:45pm Update:


The Municipality of Jasper is experiencing an extended power outage due to the Chetamon Wildfire burning East of the townsite.
 
Please note: the wildfire still poses no risk to the townsite of Jasper at this time.  

𝐍𝐹𝐰 𝐱𝐬 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐹 𝐯𝐱𝐬𝐱𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞 𝐹𝐟 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ«. 𝐖𝐞 đ°đąđ„đ„ 𝐛𝐞 đĄđšđ©đ©đČ 𝐭𝐹 đ°đžđ„đœđšđŠđž đŻđąđŹđąđ­đšđ«đŹ đ›đšđœđ€ 𝐭𝐹 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐹𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐎 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 đšđ›đ„đž 𝐭𝐹 đ«đžđ©đšđąđ« 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐱𝐧 đ­đ«đšđ§đŹđŠđąđŹđŹđąđšđ§ đ„đąđ§đž. 𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐎 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐱𝐧𝐝𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ«đžđ›đźđąđ„đđąđ§đ  𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ­đ«đšđ§đŹđŠđąđŹđŹđąđšđ§ đąđ§đŸđ«đšđŹđ­đ«đźđœđ­đźđ«đž 𝐜𝐚𝐧 đ­đšđ€đž đźđ© 𝐭𝐹 đŹđžđŻđžđ«đšđ„ đ°đžđžđ€đŹ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ«đžđŹđąđđžđ§đ­đŹ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐼𝐬𝐱𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬 đ°đąđ„đ„ 𝐜𝐹𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐧𝐼𝐞 𝐭𝐹 𝐛𝐞 𝐹𝐧 đ đžđ§đžđ«đšđ­đšđ« đ©đšđ°đžđ« đđźđ«đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞.

The Municipality of Jasper’s Operations Department will be providing 7 days of daily solid waste pick up to accommodate anticipated food spoilage due to the extended power loss. Alberta Health Services has shared some information on perishable foods. https://inspection.canada.ca/.../1331578972167/1331579901110

The Reception Centre at the Jasper Activity Centre has expanded services today in response to the extended power interruption. From 8am to 8pm, residents will now find: 
  • information from Parks Canada, ATCO and the Municipality; 
  • charging stations to power devices; 
  • access to a microwave; and
  • access to a hot shower as availability allows. 
Thanks to donations from Nesters Market, Glenda the Great, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Wicked Cup and Pursuit, there will also be free hot soup being served between 12-3pm by Community Outreach Services while quantities last.


Wednesday, September 7th, 11:15am Update:

The Municipality of Jasper is experiencing an extended power outage due to the Chetamon Wildfire burning East of the townsite. 

Now is not the time to visit Jasper. 

Please note: the wildfire still poses no risk to the townsite of Jasper at this time.   

ATCO Statement: Wednesday, September 7, 2022

“Yesterday our crews began the 2nd phase of power restoration to the Town of Jasper. By late afternoon, we successfully reenergized critical infrastructure to the Town. Technical difficulties throughout the day and evening delayed the restoration of power to other parts of the townsite, but power to half of Jasper was restored late last evening. Our crews are working as quickly and safely as possible and continue to take direction from the Municipality and Jasper Parks on the restoration of power for the remaining sites.  

Switching generators into a utility system is very complex and we anticipated these types of challenges. To safely transfer power, small loads of electricity is added into the system and needs to stabilize before proceeding to add the next load. The protection and controls of integrating generator power into the system is extremely challenging and the safety of the community and our people continues to be our first priority during these critical times. We also ask if personal generators are connected into the ATCO system that they only use approved equipment and are tied in by a certified electrician to eliminate any back feed into the system. By not doing so, this causes additional risk to you and our employees.

Yesterday we were also able to complete a partial evaluation of the damage to our transmission line. Currently there are 18 structures damaged due to the wildfire and we expect to have a complete analysis of the impact of our infrastructure by this evening. Once we’re able to complete the full assessment of the damage, we will enact our infrastructure rebuild plan. Rebuilding of the transmission infrastructure can take up to several weeks and residents and businesses can expect to be on generator power during this time.

Again, we want to remind residents and businesses once power has been re-established, conservation of power is extremely important as the reliability of generator power can be unpredictable. Simple energy saving measures can help reduce the potential of unplanned power outages.

On behalf of ATCO, we want to extend our deepest thanks to all the residents and businesses for your patience and cooperation over these past few days. We recognize the challenges and frustrations you are feeling and appreciate your understanding as we work to restore more enhanced power services to the town. We also want to thank Jasper National Park and the Municipality for their leadership and constant efforts.”

Now is not the time to visit the townsite of Jasper. We will be happy to welcome visitors back to Jasper once ATCO has been able to repair the main transmission line. 

We would like to encourage Jasperites to heed ATCOs advice and use energy sparingly: 

‱ Turn off extra lights and appliances. 

‱ Minimize use of air conditioning or heaters. 

‱ Reduce the use of washers, dryers, stoves and dishwashers. 

‱ Use cold water for washing clothes. 

‱ Delay charging electric vehicles or using trickle chargers.

The Reception Centre at the Jasper Activity Centre has expanded services today in response to the evolving situation. From 8am to 8pm, residents will find: 

- information from Parks Canada, ATCO and the Municipality; 

- charging stations to power devices; 

- free hot soup being served from 12-3pm while quantities last

- access to a microwave; and

- access to a hot shower as availability allows. 

Thank you for your cooperation and support Jasper.

Wednesday, September 7th, 10:00am Update:

đ”đ©đđšđ­đž đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐎: 
“Power to half of Jasper has been restored. Technical difficulties & the complex process of generator power transference has delayed full restoration. Our crews continue to work quickly & safely as we continue to take direction from the Municipality & Jasper National Park to power the remaining sites.”


Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00pm Update: 

The Municipality of Jasper and Jasper National Park are experiencing significant challenges during this large scale emergency. Now is not the time to visit Jasper. We will be happy to welcome you back when the wildfire and power outage situation subsides.  

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž đŹđ­đąđ„đ„ đ©đšđŹđžđŹ 𝐧𝐹 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞. 

The ATCO crew continues to work on the next round of restoration to bring power to neighborhoods across the Jasper townsite and hope to be complete by late this evening.

ATCO stresses that once power has been reestablished to homes and businesses, it’s imperative that residents conserve power. Generator power does not have the same reliability when powering from the Alberta grid, so simple energy conservation measures could dramatically reduce the potential of power outages. 

Some of those energy saving tips from ATCO include:

  •  turning off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances;
  •  minimizing the use of air conditioning or space heaters;
  • reducing the use of major power-consuming appliances such as washers, dryers, stoves and dishwashers;
  •  using cold water for washing clothes; and
  •  delay charging electric vehicles or using trickle chargers for vehicles and equipment.

𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐼𝐬𝐱𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬 đŹđĄđšđźđ„đ 𝐛𝐞 đ©đ«đžđ©đšđ«đžđ đŸđšđ« đ©đšđ­đžđ§đ­đąđšđ„ đźđ§đ©đ„đšđ§đ§đžđ 𝐹𝐼𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬 đšđŻđžđ« 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐚đČ𝐬.

Visit ATCO's website and stay up to date on ATCO's outage map: 

ATCO website: http://ow.ly/mh6B50KzBtI
ATCO outage map: http://ow.ly/nw7E50KzBtL


Tuesday, September 6th at 6:30pm Update:


𝐓𝐡𝐞 đŒđźđ§đąđœđąđ©đšđ„đąđ­đČ 𝐹𝐟 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ«â€™đŹ đŽđ©đžđ«đšđ­đąđšđ§đŹ đƒđžđ©đšđ«đ­đŠđžđ§đ­ đ°đąđ„đ„ 𝐛𝐞 đ©đ«đšđŻđąđđąđ§đ  𝟕 𝐝𝐚đČ𝐬 𝐹𝐟 đđšđąđ„đČ đŹđšđ„đąđ 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞 đ©đąđœđ€ đźđ© 𝐭𝐹 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐹𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 đšđ§đ­đąđœđąđ©đšđ­đžđ 𝐟𝐹𝐹𝐝 đŹđ©đšđąđ„đšđ đž 𝐝𝐼𝐞 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đžđ±đ­đžđ§đđžđ đ©đšđ°đžđ« đ„đšđŹđŹ.

Many Jasperites have been using fuel-burning tools and appliances, Alberta Health Services has some tips on the safe use of these:

  •  Have all fuel-burning appliances (such as oil or gas heaters, stoves, water heaters, and space heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves) inspected each year.
  • Check chimneys, flues, and vents regularly to make sure they are in good shape, properly connected, and not blocked.
  • Never use a kerosene or propane heater in an enclosed area, such as a camper, motor home, trailer, or tent.
  • Never use a gas or charcoal grill indoors.
  • Never use a gas oven to heat your home.
  • Do not close a fireplace or stove damper before the fire is completely out.
  • Do not use gas-powered generators, lawn equipment, or engines in enclosed areas.

It’s important to consider carbon monoxide build up with the use of any of the below items:
  • gas-powered generators
  • charcoal grills
  • vehicle exhaust
  • gas-powered cooking appliances
  • blocked chimney flues
  • gas-powered dryers

These devices become a risk when they are used in unventilated or poorly ventilated areas, such as a home, garage, cottage, camper, or tent.

Here are a few helpful links: 



Tuesday, September 6th at 5:45pm Update: 

Message from ATCO: 

"Power has been restored to the critical infrastructure in Jasper. This afternoon we experienced some technical difficulties during the 2nd phase of restoration. We anticipated these types of challenges as switching generators into a utility system is very complex, but our team is working as fast and safely as possible.

The reenergized critical infrastructure sites include the hospital, Jasper Activity Centre, the waste water treatment plant, water wells, water treatment plant and traffic lights.

Our crews continues to work under the direction of the Municipality and Parks Canada on the next round of restorations to extend power to segmented areas across town and expect to be complete by late this evening."


Tuesday, September 6th at 3:00pm Update:

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đŒđźđ§đąđœđąđ©đšđ„đąđ­đČ 𝐹𝐟 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« đđšđ­đąđšđ§đšđ„ đđšđ«đ€ đšđ«đž đžđ±đ©đžđ«đąđžđ§đœđąđ§đ  𝐬𝐱𝐠𝐧𝐱𝐟𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐭 đœđĄđšđ„đ„đžđ§đ đžđŹ đđźđ«đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 đ„đšđ«đ đž đŹđœđšđ„đž đžđŠđžđ«đ đžđ§đœđČ. 
𝐍𝐹𝐰 𝐱𝐬 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐹 𝐯𝐱𝐬𝐱𝐭 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ«. 
𝐖𝐞 đ°đąđ„đ„ 𝐛𝐞 đĄđšđ©đ©đČ 𝐭𝐹 đ°đžđ„đœđšđŠđž đČ𝐹𝐼 đ›đšđœđ€ 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ©đšđ°đžđ« 𝐹𝐼𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐼𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐬𝐼𝐛𝐬𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐬.


Tuesday, September 6th at 1:30pm Update:

Message from ATCO

“Around 11:30 a.m. we experienced an outage to the generator power in the Town of Jasper. We are using this outage as an opportunity to ramp up the power restoration process and proceed to the 2nd phase. The planned outage originally scheduled for 1 p.m. today has been cancelled. We expect power to be restored to critical infrastructure sites by mid-afternoon today. The sites included in the first phase of restoration will include the hospital, Jasper Activity Centre, the wastewater treatment plant, water wells, water treatment plant and traffic lights.

Once power to the critical infrastructure is in place, we will continue to work under the direction of the Municipality and Parks Canada on a phased approach to extend power to segmented areas across town. Power restoration to the area is expected to be complete late this evening.

When power is restored to the community of Jasper, residents and businesses in Jasper can reduce the potential of rolling blackouts or brownouts by conserving energy use. Generator power does not have the same reliability, so simple energy conservation measures are required. Residents and businesses should be prepared for potential unplanned outages over the coming days. You can do your part by turning off unnecessary lights, reducing use of major power-consuming appliances & limiting charge time for EV’s & trickle chargers for vehicles.”


Tuesday, September 6th at 1:25pm Update:

Message from ATCO:

"We are currently experiencing an unplanned outage in Jasper. We are using this outage as an opportunity to proceed to the 2nd phase of power restoration. The planned outage originally scheduled for 1 p.m. today has been cancelled." 

The Municipality of Jasper has published an information phone line: 780-852-6540. 

Residents and visitors can call this line to receive the most up-to-date messages from the Municipality of Jasper.

The Jasper Activity Centre remains open as a Reception Centre from 8:00am to 8:00pm. At the Reception Centre, residents and visitors will find: 

- up-to-date information; 

- device charging stations; 

Outreach Services and Settlement Services continue to be available at the Jasper Activity Centre providing confidential, non-judgemental support and referral.




Tuesday, September 6th at 11:30am Update:


The Municipality of Jasper, Parks Canada, and ATCO are working to continue the transition to generator power. 

ATCO reports that there will be a planned outage starting at 1:00 p.m. today to safely bring in the additional load into the system. We will then begin further power restoration to the area which will be a phased approach. Critical infrastructure will be powered first and then power will be extended out to segmented parts of the town. If all goes as planned, ATCO expects power restoration by late this evening.

ATCO stresses that once power has been reestablished to homes and businesses, it’s imperative that residents conserve power. Generator power does not have the same reliability when powering from the Alberta grid, so simple energy conservation measures could dramatically reduce the potential of blackouts or brownouts. 

Some of those energy saving tips from ATCO include:

- turning off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances; 

- minimizing the use of air conditioning or space heaters; 

- reducing the use of major power-consuming appliances such as washers, dryers, stoves and dishwashers;

- using cold water for washing clothes; and 

- delay charging electric vehicles or using trickle chargers for vehicles and equipment. 

Jasper National Park and the Municipality of Jasper are experiencing significant challenges during this large scale emergency. Those who can be flexible with their travel plans should consider visiting Jasper another day when the wildfire and power outage situation subsides. Electric Vehicle charging stations will not be receiving power. 

The Municipality of Jasper has published an information phone line: 780-852-6540. Residents and visitors can call this line to receive the most up-to-date messages from the Municipality of Jasper.

The Jasper Activity Centre is open as a Reception Centre again today from 8:00am to 8:00pm. At the Reception Centre, residents and visitors will find up-to-date information as well as device charging stations as availability allows. 

Outreach Services and Settlement Services will be available at the Jasper Activity Centre providing confidential, non-judgemental support and referral. 

We continue to assess the changing needs of residents and visitors and expand services as needed.

The Municipality of Jasper, Parks Canada, and ATCO are working to continue the transition to generator power tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. The power avail







Monday, September 5th at 8:55pm Update:

The Municipality of Jasper, Parks Canada, and ATCO are working to continue the transition to generator power tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. The power available will only support the townsite, which means that campgrounds and outlying accommodations will experience a longer power outage.

We will provide another update tomorrow with tips on how to conserve energy. We will need everyone to do their part to keep consumption low so we can restore power to as many Jasperites as possible.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž đ©đšđŹđžđŹ 𝐧𝐹 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞.

Visit ATCO's website and stay up to date on ATCO's outage map or download the My ATCO Electricity App for live updates:


Tuesday, September 6th at 11:30am Update:

The Municipality of Jasper, Parks Canada, and ATCO are working to continue the transition to generator power. 

ATCO reports that there will be a planned outage starting at 1:00 p.m. today to safely bring in the additional load into the system. We will then begin further power restoration to the area which will be a phased approach. Critical infrastructure will be powered first and then power will be extended out to segmented parts of the town. If all goes as planned, ATCO expects power restoration by late this evening.

ATCO stresses that once power has been reestablished to homes and businesses, it’s imperative that residents conserve power. Generator power does not have the same reliability when powering from the Alberta grid, so simple energy conservation measures could dramatically reduce the potential of blackouts or brownouts. 

Some of those energy saving tips from ATCO include:

- turning off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances; 

- minimizing the use of air conditioning or space heaters; 

- reducing the use of major power-consuming appliances such as washers, dryers, stoves and dishwashers;

- using cold water for washing clothes; and 

- delay charging electric vehicles or using trickle chargers for vehicles and equipment.

Jasper National Park and the Municipality of Jasper are experiencing significant challenges during this large scale emergency. Those who can be flexible with their travel plans should consider visiting Jasper another day when the wildfire and power outage situation subsides. Electric Vehicle charging stations will not be receiving power. 

The Municipality of Jasper has published an information phone line: 780-852-6540. Residents and visitors can call this line to receive the most up-to-date messages from the Municipality of Jasper.



Monday, September 5th at 1:20pm Update:
 

ATCO has confirmed that they were successful in powering critical infrastructure. Thank you to ATCO for their efforts. Now that critical infrastructure has been powered, The Municipality of Jasper and Parks Canada will be providing direction to ATCO on a staged approach to bringing power to other parts of town. Additional details on the re-energization plan will be coming later this afternoon.

Residents need to be prepared for an extended power outage.

A Reception Centre is open at the Jasper Activity Centre where residents and visitors will find up-to-date information as well as device charging stations as availability allows. Residents and visitors will also be able to see updates from the Municipality of Jasper, Parks Canada and ATCO.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž đ©đšđŹđžđŹ 𝐧𝐹 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞.


Monday, September 5th at 11:30am Update:

The Municipality of Jasper lost power early this morning.

We have been working with ATCO and Parks Canada to prepare for this scenario for the past several days. ATCO is currently working safely to switch critical infrastructure over to generator power. This includes: the waste water treatment plant, water wells, water treatment plant, traffic lights, the hospital, Jasper Activity Centre. ATCO estimates that critical infrastructure will be powered by this afternoon.

The Municipality of Jasper and Parks Canada will be providing direction to ATCO to determine a staged approach to bring additional power load to other parts of town. Residents should be prepared for an extended power outage.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž đŹđ­đąđ„đ„ đ©đšđŹđžđŹ 𝐧𝐹 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞. 𝐖𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐹𝐭 đšđŸđŸđžđ« đŻđąđŹđąđ­đšđ«đŹ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŸđźđ„đ„ đŹđžđ«đŻđąđœđžđŹ 𝐭𝐡𝐞đČ đ°đšđźđ„đ 𝐭đČđ©đąđœđšđ„đ„đČ đžđ±đ©đžđœđ­ 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 đźđ§đœđžđ«đ­đšđąđ§ 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞. đ€đđđąđ­đąđšđ§đšđ„ đđžđ­đšđąđ„đŹ 𝐹𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ«đž-đžđ§đžđ«đ đąđłđšđ­đąđšđ§ đ©đ„đšđ§ đ°đąđ„đ„ 𝐛𝐞 đŸđšđ«đ­đĄđœđšđŠđąđ§đ  đ„đšđ­đžđ« 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 đšđŸđ­đžđ«đ§đšđšđ§.

The Municipality of Jasper has activated its Emergency Support Services plan and will be opening a Reception Centre at the Jasper Activity Centre as of 11:00 a.m. today. At the main entrance of the Jasper Activity Centre, residents and visitors will find device charging stations (as availability allows). Residents and visitors will also be able to see updates from the Municipality of Jasper, Parks Canada and ATCO.

We are publishing an information line: 780-852-6540. Residents and visitors can call this line to receive the most up to date messages from the Municipality of Jasper.  

We will share updates on Facebook and Instagram, on our website as well as at the Reception Centre (The Jasper Activity Centre – 303 Bonhomme St.) as they become available.
Follow Jasper National Park on Facebook and Twitter for timely and accurate fire information updates.
Parks Canada continues to dedicate significant resources to containing the Chetamon wildfire. Residents and visitors can support their efforts by following all park closures and area restrictions: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/bulletins?v=a


Monday, September 5th at 6:20am Update:


The community lost power around 4:00 a.m. ATCO has reported that their crews are enacting their emergency plan and working safely to switch over to generator power for critical sites.  

We would like to reassure residents and visitors that the Municipality, Parks Canada and ATCO have been preparing for this scenario. Critical infrastructure protection measures are in place.

We will share updates on Facebook and Instagram as well as on our website as they become available. 
The wildfire still poses no risk to the Jasper townsite and we are not considering an evacuation process at this time. 
Follow Jasper National Park on Facebook and Twitter for timely and accurate fire information updates.

Everyone can support Parks Canada’s efforts to contain the Chetamon wildfire by following all park closures and area restrictions: 


Sunday, September 4th at 7:34pm Update:

Power has been restored. Thanks to ATCO for their quick response.

ATCO reports that they were able to safely restore power to the transmission line and haven’t switched to emergency generator power. ATCO crews continue to monitor the situation.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž đŹđ­đąđ„đ„ đ©đšđŹđžđŹ 𝐧𝐹 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞 đšđ«đž 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đœđšđ§đŹđąđđžđ«đąđ§đ  𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐼𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 đ©đ«đšđœđžđŹđŹ 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞.

Critical infrastructure protection measures are in place in the event of an extended power outage.
Everyone can support Parks Canada’s efforts to contain the Chetamon wildfire by respecting all closures and restrictions in place http://ow.ly/biIu50KzBtF


Sunday, September 4th at 7:10pm Update:

You might notice Alpine Summit Seniors Lodge transporting their residents out of town. Alpine has activated their internal emergency response plan which includes transporting their independent residents to Hinton in the case of a power outage in Jasper.

We want to take this chance to clarify to Jasperites that this is a proactive move on the part of Alpine Summit.  

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž đŹđ­đąđ„đ„ đ©đšđŹđžđŹ 𝐧𝐹 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞 đšđ«đž 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đœđšđ§đŹđąđđžđ«đąđ§đ  𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐼𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 đ©đ«đšđœđžđŹđŹ 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞.


Sunday, September 4th at 6:30pm Update:


The Community of Jasper has just lost power. We are working with ATCO to assess the nature of the power interruption. The Municipality, Parks Canada and ATCO have been preparing for this scenario. Critical infrastructure protection measures are in place and we will share more updates as they become available.

Jasperites – please reach out and check on neighbours or family members who may not be getting these messages on-line or on social media.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž đŹđ­đąđ„đ„ đ©đšđŹđžđŹ 𝐧𝐹 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞 đšđ«đž 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đœđšđ§đŹđąđđžđ«đąđ§đ  𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐼𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 đ©đ«đšđœđžđŹđŹ 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞.

Everyone can support Parks Canada’s efforts by respecting all closures and restrictions in place http://ow.ly/biIu50KzBtF


Sunday, September 4th at 1:20pm Update:

𝐔𝐏𝐃𝐀𝐓𝐄: 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐩𝐹𝐧 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž đŹđ©đ«đžđšđ 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐎 đ©đšđ°đžđ«đ„đąđ§đž đšđ«đšđźđ§đ 𝐧𝐹𝐹𝐧 𝐭𝐹𝐝𝐚đČ.


The Municipality, Parks Canada and ATCO have been preparing for this scenario. Critical infrastructure protection measures are in place.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž đŹđ­đąđ„đ„ đ©đšđŹđžđŹ 𝐧𝐹 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞 đšđ«đž 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đœđšđ§đŹđąđđžđ«đąđ§đ  𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐼𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 đ©đ«đšđœđžđŹđŹ 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞.

A power outage is possible and residents can take steps to prepare for a power outage. Gas stations rely on power therefore this includes keeping a full tank of gas.  

ATCO equipment and crews are in Jasper and ready to switch to generator power if required.

  • Municipal water and sewer services will be maintained as well as power to all critical community infrastructure.
  • Cellular and natural gas services are also expected to be maintained through a power outage.

Parks Canada is actively working on protecting the power line from the wildfire. Follow Jasper National Park Facebook and Twitter posts for timely and accurate fire information updates.

Residents can support Parks Canada’s efforts by respecting all park closures: http://ow.ly/biIu50KzBtF

The Municipality of Jasper, ATCO and Parks Canada are working together to ensure power to the community is maintained.
We will provide another update later this afternoon.


Saturday, September 3rd at 6:40pm Update:


The Municipality of Jasper’s Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) is working to address potential impacts to the ATCO power line near the Chetamon wildfire.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ°đąđ„đđŸđąđ«đž đŹđ­đąđ„đ„ đ©đšđŹđžđŹ 𝐧𝐹 đ«đąđŹđ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ‰đšđŹđ©đžđ« 𝐭𝐹𝐰𝐧𝐬𝐱𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞 đšđ«đž 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đœđšđ§đŹđąđđžđ«đąđ§đ  𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐼𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 đ©đ«đšđœđžđŹđŹ 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞.

A power outage is possible and residents can take steps to prepare for a power outage. Gas stations rely on power therefore this includes keeping a full tank of gas.  


The Municipality of Jasper and ATCO are working together to prepare for a possible switch to generator power. ATCO equipment and crews are in Jasper working to prepare for this scenario.

  • Municipal water and sewer services will be maintained as well as power to all critical community infrastructure.
  • Cellular and natural gas services are also expected to be maintained through a power outage.
Parks Canada is actively working on protecting the power line from the wildfire. Follow Jasper National Park Facebook and Twitter posts for timely and accurate fire information updates.

Residents can support Parks Canada’s efforts by respecting all park closures: http://ow.ly/biIu50KzBtF

The Municipality of Jasper, ATCO and Parks Canada are working together to ensure power to the community is maintained.
We will provide another update later this afternoon.


Saturday, September 3rd at 5:50pm Update:


Specialized firefighters are on the ground building a protection line between the powerline and the perimeter of the Chetamon wildfire, which is currently 500 metres above distance from the powerline. Parks Canada is working very closely with ATCO to protect the power poles, which have special fire protection wrapping and can withstand surface fire activity. Specialized structural protection contractors are being deployed to install high-volume sprinklers along critical infrastructure and visitor facilities.


Six helicopters are now dedicated to this over 400 hectare wildfire, focused on bucketing water onto the lower slopes of the highly visible wildfire. There are currently 47 Parks Canada firefighters and personnel committed, with another 30 more joining the team on Sunday.


Strong and gusting winds along with unseasonably hot weather are making firefighting efforts challenging, but the fire is currently only spreading Northeast on mid and upper slopes from Chetamon peak toward Vine Creek. 


đ—Ąđ—Œ đ—°đ—Œđ—șđ—șđ˜‚đ—»đ—¶đ˜đ—¶đ—Č𝘀 𝗼𝗿đ—Č 𝗼𝘁 đ—żđ—¶đ˜€đ—ž đ—łđ—żđ—Œđ—ș đ˜đ—”đ—¶đ˜€ đ—čđ—¶đ—Žđ—”đ˜đ—»đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž-𝗰𝗼𝘂𝘀đ—Čđ—± đ˜„đ—¶đ—čđ—±đ—łđ—¶đ—żđ—Č. However, residents should be prepared for a power outage. To prepare yourself in advance of a power outage, take inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
Plan for batteries and other alternative power sources to meet your needs when the power goes out. For more power outage tips, visit ATCO’s website and stay up to date on ATCO’s outage map or download the My ATCO Electricity app for live updates.

‱ ATCO website: http://ow.ly/mh6B50KzBtI
‱ ATCO outage map: http://ow.ly/nw7E50KzBtL
‱ MyATCO Electricty app: http://ow.ly/Aqf850KzBtJ

đ—§đ—”đ—Č 𝗼𝗿đ—Č𝗼 𝗰đ—čđ—Œđ˜€đ˜‚đ—żđ—Č đ—”đ—źđ˜€ 𝗯đ—Čđ—Čđ—» đ—Čđ˜…đ—œđ—źđ—»đ—±đ—Čđ—±. đ—„đ—Čđ˜€đ—œđ—Č𝗰𝘁 𝗼đ—čđ—č 𝗰đ—čđ—Œđ˜€đ˜‚đ—żđ—Č𝘀 đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝗿đ—Čđ˜€đ˜đ—żđ—¶đ—°đ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€: http://ow.ly/biIu50KzBtF

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement for areas around the Chetamon wildfire in Jasper National Park. http://ow.ly/mtFp50KzBtH

â–Ș For more information about the impact of smoke call Health Link 8-1-1 or visit http://ow.ly/Y7M650KzBtE
â–Ș You can find a live smoke forecast here: http://ow.ly/7sIQ50KzBtM
â–Ș For road access updates call 5-1-1 or visit http://ow.ly/tpmw50KzBtG
â–Ș No matter what the weather or time of year, you can be prepared for any emergency. Here are some tips: http://ow.ly/x1GH50KzBtK


Updates will be provided for any significant changes to fire behaviour or access restrictions.