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Forest fire north of Banff started by lightning strike

A wildfire is burning about eighty kilometres north of the Banff townsite in a remote area of the Clearwater River valley.

Parks Canada says fire is so remote it must be fought by aerial crews

A lightning strike caused wildfire on the north slopes of Snarl Peak in Banff National Park. (Parks Canada)

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. 

A map showing area in Banff National Park closed due to a forest fire. (Parks Canada)

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