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Boundary Fire

Unit Information

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

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Final published map depicting Boundary Fire perimeter in red polygon and closure area in yellow polygonImage options: [ Full Size ]

This is the final inciweb update on the Boundary Fire. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 5 will transfer management responsibility of the fire to a Type 4 team effective 1800 this Friday, September 28th.

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 CommanderJoe Sampson,IMT2 Team 5
Coordinates48.98 latitude, -113.976 longitude

Current Situation

Size2,911 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained82%
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

**This is the final update on this fire unless there is significant change in the days ahead** The fire is demonstrating minimal creeping and smoldering.


Planned Actions

Monitor the East side of the fire via remote camera from Waterton Lake. Maintain communication and coordination with Parks Canada.

Projected Incident Activity

24 hours: Mostly clear. Max RH of 72-77% will keep fire behavior minimal. Mostly cloudy with a less than 10% chance of precipitation. Max temperatures will be 53-58 degrees with RHs in the low 40s. SW winds at 5-10 mph.


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.

Transfer of command to Sampson's IMT2 occurred at 6pm on 9/18.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather as of 3pm on 9/25

Temp 59 degrees

RH: 38%

Winds: S at 14 mph with gusts to 21 mph; no measurable precipitation was received today.

Forecast tonight calls for partly cloudy with less than 10% chance of precipitation. Temperatures overnight will be 38-43 degrees and max RHs at 72-77%. Winds SW at 5-10 mph becoming variable after sunset.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with less than 10% chance of precipitation. Max temperatures will be 53-58 degrees with RHs in the low 40s. SW winds at 5-10 mph.

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