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Quartz Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Fire Info Recording
Phone: 406-206-6099
Hours: 24 hours

Media and General Inquiries
Phone: 406-206-5272
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Highlighted Activity

09/16/2022 Limited fire activity as fall weather arrives
Glacier National Park Fire UpdateFriday, September 16 National Park Service  Glacier National Park Incident Commander: G. Bartin, Type 3 Incident CommanderContact: Gina Kerzman,...
News - 09/16/2022
Map showing the perimeter of the Quartz Fire on a relief map of the surrounding area.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Cyclone Lookout detected the Quartz Fire in Glacier National Park on August 14. The fire is located west of the Continental Divide in the Quartz Creek drainage below Vulture Peak. The fire is burning in steep terrain in subalpine fir and brush south of Quartz Lake. 

Since the fire was detected, it has grown to over 1900 acres. Much of that growth occurred August 17th through 19th. The fire received over ¾” of rain the week of August 22, which limited fire activity and growth. 

Fire behavior increased September 7th with the passage of a strong cold front, with uphill runs and group tree torching. Conditions abated on September 8th with cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels. The fire is creeping and smoldering, consuming dead and down fuels, with occasional single tree torching. The fire remains in the Quartz Lake Basin.

Crews have structure protection in place at the Quartz Lake Patrol Cabin, the footbridge across the Quartz Lake outlet, and the Quartz Lake wilderness campground.

A Type 4 incident management organization will take command of the Quartz Fire on Saturday, September 17. This will be the last update unless significant activity occurs.

Aerial observations of the fire show a mixed severity burn pattern, meaning that areas within the fire perimeter burned at different intensities. The Quartz Fire so far has resulted in some understory burning in less intense areas, and other areas with a higher burn intensity where most of the mature trees were burned. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday August 14th, 2022 approx. 10:15 AM
LocationQuartz Lake drainage; North Fork Flathead River
Incident CommanderG. Bartin, Type 3 Incident Commander / K. Airhart, trainee
Coordinates48.854 latitude, -114.025 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel20
Size1,981 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)


Planned Actions

Continue to evaluate fire spread and values at risk. Continue structure preparation and point protection.