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Boundary Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Glacier National Park
Phone: (406) 888-7077
Hours: Recorded Fire Information Line

Highlighted Activity

09/19/2018 Boundary Fire Update 9-19-18
Recorded Fire Information: 406-888-7077 Fire Information: 406-578-8256 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Website: Howe:
News - 09/19/2018
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The Boundary Fire was reported August 23 at approximately 6:15 pm. The fire is located in the Boundary Creek Valley, near the Campbell Mountain area west of Upper Waterton Lake in northeast Glacier National Park.

All trails originating from Goat Haunt are closed.

Video of the September 4th community meeting is available at

A story map of the progression of the fire is available at

For detailed trail closure information in Glacier National Park, visit

For information regarding area closures and information pertaining to Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada visit

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday August 23rd, 2018 approx. 06:15 PM
Location1 mile west of Waterton Lake and 7 miles south of the of Waterton Townsite, AB
Incident CommanderMike Goicoechea’s Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team 1
Coordinates48.98 latitude, -113.976 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel3
Size2,911 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained54%
Estimated Containment DateThursday November 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Spruce/fir/mixed conifer on higher elevation gradients with lodgepole on lower elevations.

Significant Events

Minimal, Creeping, and Smoldering


Planned Actions

Monitor the east side of the fire and utilize air resources to check the fire spread east towards Waterton Lake.

Projected Incident Activity

24 Hours:Fire activity will be minimal. No additional growth is expected at this time.


Parks Canada and U.S. fire managers are coordinating efforts closely and are in constant communication about fire activity and response.

Partial area closures have lifted. The Boundary Creek drainage and area west of Waterton Lake remain closed to the public.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Forecast Weather for Wednesday Day Shift:

Sky/Wx: Increasing clouds. A chance of light, non-wetting rain showers late on the shift

Winds: Northeast 8-13 mph, gusts to near 20 mph. Strongest in the late afternoon

Max Temp: 62F

Min RH: 42%

A northeast wind will prevail over the fire area on Wednesday and Wednesday evening. Clouds will gradually increase in response to a weak disturbance approaching from the Pacific Northwest. This will eventually lead to a few non-wetting showers beginning on Wednesday night.

Showers will increase further on Thursday as a cold front passes, with a better chance of wetting rain then. The front will cause a gradual increase in southwest wind as well. A thunderstorm is possible late Thursday, with the better chance of thunder over the Boundary Fire.