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Final Sprague Fire Update
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 The Sprague Fire Sprague Fire (5 miles northeast of West Glacier): 16,982 acres. The Sprague Fire was reported the evening of August 10th and is located on the east... more


Approximate Location

48.607 latitude, -113.829 longitude

Incident Overview

Looking across Lake McDonald BridgeSmoke from Sprague Fire below snow covered mountain

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Final Update October 4, 2017
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 fires is being managed by a local team.

Maps of the fire perimeter are available here:

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

For fire information please call Glacier National Park at 406-888-7800, 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Glacier National Park's webcams may show current fire and smoke conditions:

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday August 10th, 2017 approx. 08:30 PM
Location9 miles northeast of West Glacier, MT
Incident CommanderIMT3, Brett Pargman IC, Tyson Atkinson (T)
Incident DescriptionWildfire, Lightning Caused

Current Situation

Total Personnel41
Size16,982 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday November 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity, Backing, Creeping, smoldering


Planned Actions

Monitor fire spread on Lake McDonald side of Mt Brown & Snyder Ridge.

Projected Incident Activity

Moderate fire behavior expected with creeping and smoldering.


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

Flathead County has declared a State of Emergency.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Typical fall weather patterns will determine future fire activity. Expect minimal activity with smoldering and creeping in dead and downed fuels. Smoke may be visible on the fire until significant snow falls.

Unit Information

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

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Phone: 406-888-7800
Hours: Monday- Friday , 8am - 4:30 pm

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