Sprague Fire

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Sprague Fire

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Note: There was no infrared flight due to weather; updated acreages were last received on 9/17/2017. Sprague Fire (5 miles northeast of West Glacier): 16,790 acres. Yesterday, scattered... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 8 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

48.607 latitude, -113.829 longitude

Incident Overview

Sprague Fire Perimeter Map 9.20

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The Sprague Fire was reported the evening of August 10th and is located southeast of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed from Apgar to Logan Pass, Logan Pass is still accessible from Saint Mary. The Northern Rockies Central Montana Type II Incident Management Team is managing the fire.

Daily updates are available here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/news/5510/

Maps of the fire perimeter are available here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5510/

Visit http://go.nps.gov/glacconditions for road and trail info.


A fire information line is staffed 8am-8pm.Please call 406-387-9092 if you have questions about the fire and how it might impact your visit.

Glacier National Park's webcams may show current fire and smoke conditions: https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm



Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginThursday August 10th, 2017 approx. 08:30 PM
Location9 miles northeast of West Glacier, MT
Incident CommanderNorthern Rockies Type II Central Montana Incident Management Team, led by John Thompson

Current Situation

Total Personnel146
Size16,790 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday November 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Outlook

Projected Incident Activity

Moderate fire behavior expected with creeping and smoldering.

Remarks

The Evacuation Order along the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road is due to predicted weather and fire behavior and proximity of fire to values at risk and residences.

Flathead County has declared a State of Emergency.

Percent contained is percent complete and is calculated by weighting the contribution of each of five primary operational objectives to the overall incident operations and estimating the percent complete for each objective.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The weather conditions the past 5 days have certainly lived up to the change in season. And this will be the case for the weeks ahead as we see-saw back and forth from cold to warm. The Low Pressure system which brought us the extended period of precipitation will linger through today before moving east. After today, look for skies to clear as we transition into a 7 day period of drying and warming, High Pressure providing fair weather throughout the upcoming week. Initially this will mean colder nights due to the clear skies, but the flip-side to the forecast is that we will have more sun during the day, a warming treat as we finish off the last week of September.

Friday - Mostly cloudy, brisk and cool with higher elevation snow showers and flurries. Temperatures: 3,500-5,000 ft 39-46 degrees, 5,500-7,500 ft, 28-38 degrees.

Unit Information

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Glacier National Park
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PO Box 128 West Glacier Montana 59936
West Glacier, MT 59936
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