A Teton National Forest webcam was captured in flames on a mountain pass south of Fort McMurray on Wednesday, sparking concerns from the firefighting agency that it was not properly secured.
Teton Pass Fire Chief Greg Smith said in a statement that a camera that was on top of a rock in the vicinity of the camera was “a piece of trash.”
He added that the camera had been damaged during the fire, which has burned about 1,400 square kilometres and is threatening the town of Fort McKay.
Smith said the cam was captured by the fire department, which is currently in the process of removing the camera from the rock and moving it to a safer location.
He said the fire was still burning in the area and that the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire was burning in a section of the park known as the “Lighthouse Trail,” which runs through a section where the park is located.
The park service is also looking into the possibility of closing the trail for firefighting.
The Teton Park Service tweeted that the cam had been captured “in a wildfire on the Lighthouse Trail in Fort McKay, Alta.”