Glacier National Park
National Park Service
PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936
An evacuation ORDER has been issued in preparation for this evening’s forecasted east winds. Glacier National Park issued an Evacuation Order on Sunday, September 3, 2017, from the south end of Lake McDonald north to Logan Pass. This includes the North McDonald Road. This does not include the Apgar area at this time. Logan Pass is still accessible from the east side of the Park. This order goes into effect at 10:00 am today. Everyone must vacate this area by 6:00 pm on Sunday. The duration of the evacuation is unknown at this time.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning effective through 9 pm Monday. The approaching cold front is a marker of extreme fire behavior. The predicted high winds from the east this evening could increase activity on the west side of the Sprague Fire. Continued low humidity and warm temperatures are also expected.Based on fire activity and behavior last night across the region, it is in everyone’s best interest to evacuate the area so firefighters can most effectively and efficiently fight the fire.
Warm and dry conditions allowed the Sprague Fire to spread into the Lincoln Creek drainage during the night. Last night the fire moved through the Lincoln Creek area. The fuels in the fire area are extremely dry and receptive to fire.
Structure protection work will continue in the Lake McDonald Lodge area. The Fort Apache Hotshots are working in the Lake McDonald area installing hose lays, sprinklers, and pumps as contingency measures given the predicted east winds. Historic artifacts are being removed from the Lake McDonald Lodge today.
Night shift. Firefighters will begin a night shift this evening to monitor the fire. Firefighting resources are very scarce across the nation. Fire managers are working diligently to secure necessary resources to defend this area.
Fire managers are working to protect values at risk and evaluating structure protection needs. The fire is now very close to the Mt. Brown Lookout which is a priority value at risk and is wrapped with protective material. A helicopter worked on Saturday to cool the area surrounding the lookout. Other threatened values include backcountry cabins and campgrounds, structures in the Lake McDonald area, and trail infrastructure such as footbridges.
Smoke. With the change in wind direction, dense smoke is predicted to impact the Lake McDonald corridor. This is a safety issue for residents and visitors and the evacuation order is being issued to remove the public from a potentially dangerous situation. You can monitor current conditions on the Park’s webcams at http://go.nps.gov/glacwebcams.
Red Cross Shelter. The American Red Cross is offering shelter for those impacted by the evacuation at the Canyon Elementary School, 200 North Street, Hungry Horse, MT, 59919. The shelter will open at 5:00 pm on Sunday. Please call 1-800-272-6668 for information about shelter services.
Most areas of the Park remain OPEN. All areas of the North Fork, Apgar Village, the Going-to-the-Sun Road between St. Mary and Logan Pass, Granite Park Chalet, Two Medicine, St. Mary, Many Glacier, and Goat Haunt. Please check the Park website for current conditions at https://nps.gov/glac.
Fire Information Line: 406-888-7077
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5510/ (fire updates, maps and photos, air quality info, and park webcams)
Montana Wildlife Smoke Updates: http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair