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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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Sprague Fire Wildfire
News – 9/9/2017

Elder Creek Fire Information. Hutton’s Wildland Fire Management Team assumed command of the Elder Creek Fire at 6:00 am today. This fire started in Canada and has grown to 170 acres in Glacier National Park (2108 acres in total). The predicted winds should hinder fire growth in the Park and are expected to push the fire back into itself. An engine crew is assigned to the fire. The following trails are closed because of this fire: Kishenehn Trail from the Road to the Canadian border, Kishenehn Creek Trail from the Patrol Cabin to the border, and the Kintla Trail from Kishenehn Creek to Boulder Pass Trail (over Starvation Ridge).

Thick smoke persists over the fire area. A cold front is moving in from the west coast and should arrive this afternoon. A Red Flag Warning is in effect this afternoon through tonight. Winds will increase which may alleviate some of the heavy smoke. The Sprague Fire is now estimated at 13,674 acres. With the dry fuel conditions and warm temperatures, the fires are likely to come back to life. However, the shape of all three fires is favorable given the predicted wind direction. Fire managers expect the most growth on the fires to be to the north and east.

Structure protection work continues in the Lake McDonald Lodge and North Lake McDonald areas. The “Rain for Rent” system is up and running. Sprinklers and road spraying are being done around the Lake McDonald Lodge complex to increase local humidity and cool the immediate area, creating a “rain forest” micro climate. This is also being done in the Avalanche Creek Campground and Trail of the Cedars area. Pump and hose lay systems are being installed in the North McDonald Lake area. The Wheeler Cabin wrapping is finished. Firefighters continue to grid and mop up around the Sperry Chalet complex which is still experiencing single tree torching and hot spots.

An evacuation ORDER is in place. Area residents and Park visitors were evacuated on Sunday, September 3, 2017. The evacuation order remains in effect 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. The duration of the evacuation is unknown at this time.

Smoke. Saturday afternoon and Sunday should bring improved air quality and visibility to Glacier National Park. The approaching cold front and westerly winds should disperse some of the thick smoke currently in the area and enable aircraft operations. You can monitor current conditions on the Park’s webcams at http://go.nps.gov/glacwebcams.

Adair Peak Fire Information. The fire grew 164 acres and is now estimated at 1918 acres. Yesterday, the fire moved into the basin towards Wolf Gun Mountain. The Glacier National Park pack string delivered protective fire wrap needed to complete structure protection on the Lower Patrol Cabin. Fire managers expect the fire behavior to remain moderate as this fire enters surrounding old fire scars.

MOST areas of the Park remain OPEN. The Going-to-the-Sun Road between St. Mary and Logan Pass, Granite Park Chalet, Two Medicine, St. Mary, and Many Glacier are currently open. Please check the Park website for closure information and current conditions at https://nps.gov/glac.

Fire Information Line: 406-387-9092
Inciweb:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5510/ (Sprague fire updates, maps, photos, and park webcams)

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5590/ (Adair Peak fire updates, maps and photos)

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5601/ (Elder Creek fire updates, maps and photos)

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Montana Wildfire Smoke Updates: http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair

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