Elder Creek Fire

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Elder Creek Fire

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Rain Continues Ahead of Weather Change Next Week
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 showers... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 8 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

48.999 latitude, -114.415 longitude

Incident Overview

Minimal fire activity seen on the south end of the Elder Creek Fire

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The Elder Creek Fire started on September 2, 2017, in Canada on the Montana and British Columbia border. The Northern Rockies Type II Central Montana Incident Management Team is now managing the fire.

Daily updates are available here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/news/5601/

Maps of the fire perimeter: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5601/

Visit http://go.nps.gov/glacconditions for trail and road 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
CauseHuman
Date of OriginSaturday September 02nd, 2017 approx. 01:55 PM
Location40 miles north of West Glacier, Montana, on the US/Canada Border
Incident CommanderNorthern Rockies Type II Central Montana Incident Management Team, led by John Thompson

Current Situation

Size282 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Outlook

Planned Actions

Monitor fire spread with aerial reconnaissance.

Projected Incident Activity

Moderate fire behavior expected with creeping and smoldering.

Remarks

This will be the last report unless significant fire growth occurs.

This fire started in Canada. Canadian loggers have been using dozers to contain the fire on the Canadian side. 282 acres are in the US. No direct suppression has been taken on the US side within Glacier NP due to heavy fuels and lower priority. The fire is currently being monitored. Structure protection is in place. Local engines are available to respond if needed. Coordination with British Columbia Forester on Canada side.

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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