A raging wildfire that is still classified as “being held” by firefighters has forced the closure of several campgrounds, recreation areas, parts of Hwy 11 and other areas west of Nordegg.
Currently about 14,000 acres in size, the Spreading Creek Wildfire has 87 firefighters, six helicopters and various heavy equipment holding it.
The fire started after lightning struck a tree on Sunday about 50 km west of Nordegg on Hwy 11.
Thompson Creek public recreation area was closed on Monday, but Thursday the Cavalcade group use, Two O’clock Creek, Kootenay Plains Ecological reserve and Siffleur Falls staging area and trail were added to the closures due to the wildfire.
Smoke advisories were also issued Thursday for Thompson Creek, Two O’clock Creek, Crescent Falls, Snow Creek, Dry Haven, Goldeye and Fish Lake provincial recreation areas as well as the Siffleur Falls staging area and trail, Cavalcade group use and Kootenay Plains Ecological reserve.
Hwy 11 has been closed off and on at various points throughout the week. Though it is open as of Thursday, sections between Whirlpool Point and Saskatchewan River Crossing have been closed as part of the fire.