The rain can’t come fast enough in Southern Alberta.
The Kenow wildfire has now moved into Waterton Lakes National Park.
Evacuations have been stepped up as it creeps towards the Waterton town site and other communities in the area.
Mandatory evacuations have been issued in Municipal District Of Pincher Creek No. 9 for residents south of Highway 505 to Waterton Park and Castle Mountain Resort.
A reception center is activated at the Vertical Church in Pincher Creek.
Cardston County has declared a mandatory evacuation between Waterton Lakes National Park and Highway 800, and from the U.S. border to Township Road 40. Evacuees are being asked to check in with the Town of Cardston at the Civic Center.
The Blood Tribe has also issued a mandatory evacuation order for Zone 1 of the Blood Reserve and told others to be ready to go on short notice. Evacuees are directed to go to the Standoff multi purpose building and register
The weather has not been working in firefighters’ favour with hot, dry conditions and strong winds.
There is a chance of rain in the area starting Tuesday and the forecast bounces between showers and periods of rain through Saturday, but Parks Canada officials say they expect another two to three days of burning.