Wildfire prompts closures in Banff, Kootenay parks

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By The Canadian Press, July 16, 2017 

BANFF, Alta. – A wildfire near the boundary between Alberta and British Columbia has prompted Parks Canada to close trails and evacuate hikers and campers in Kootenay and Banff national parks.

Parks Canada says the fire was spotted in the Verdant Creek area of Kootenay National Park on Saturday morning and has grown since then.

Personnel and helicopters were dispatched to manage the fire and Parks Canada closed the Egypt Lake, Redearth Pass and Healy Pass areas as a precaution.

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