Forest fire north of Banff started by lightning strike
Parks Canada says fire is so remote it must be fought by aerial crews
A wildfire is burning in Banff National Park, prompting the closure of the Clearwater River valley.
The fire is about eighty kilometres north of the Banff townsite in a remote area.
Parks Canada says it was started by lightning on the north slopes of Snarl Peak and has grown to about five hectares in size.
The area is closed and aerial crews are fighting the flames.
A fire ban remains in place for Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.