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Sprague Fire

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

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August 18 Fire Update

Sprague Fire Wildfire
News – 8/18/2017

The Sprague Fire is now estimated to be 519 acres and is burning above Crystal Ford on the Gunsight Trail. The fire has burned actively over the past several days and is backing down steep terrain. Due to dry fuels and predicted weather conditions, fire managers expect to see continued fire growth over the next several weeks. There is a red flag warning for today, with anticipated high winds and low humidity. Increased fire activity will likely be visible as the day progresses.

The Sprague Fire is being managed by the Flathead Interagency Type III Team led by Incident Commander Jim Edgren. The team’s strategy is to use natural features such as ridges, creek bottoms, avalanche chutes, and rocky areas to enhance actions including the use of sprinklers, pumps and aviation resources. Today’s actions include installing pumps, sprinklers and hoses along the Snyder Lake and Gunsight Pass trails that will be used in conjunction with aerial suppression tactics. Crews are establishing an anchor point to work from at the Crystal Ford foot bridge. The team’s goal is to prevent fire from moving west past this point.

Sperry Chalet remains closed. The structures at Sperry Chalet are not immediately threatened by fire, however structure protection equipment is in place. As a precautionary measure, Mt. Brown Lookout has been wrapped with protective material.

Closures remain in place for the Gunsight Pass Trail from Lake McDonald to Gunsight Pass, including all secondary trails. Some additional backcountry campgrounds are closed due to other small fires. All frontcountry campgrounds remain open. Check https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/hikingthetrails.htm for updated status.

A fire information line is being staffed 8 am-8 pm. Please call 406-888-7077 if you have questions about the fire and how it might impact your visit. You can also visit Inciweb for more information, maps, and images: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5510/

Most areas of the park are open including all areas of the North Fork, Apgar Village, the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Granite Park Chalet, Two Medicine, St. Mary, Many Glacier and Goat Haunt. Please check the park website for updated trail and road information at http://bit.ly/2uAE96d