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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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Weekend Brings Warmer Temperatures

Sprague Fire Wildfire
News – 9/16/2017

Note: Acreages do not reflect fire growth since September 14 due to weather and the inability to conduct infrared flights. Growth on all fires has been moderated by cooler weather.

Sprague Fire (5 miles northeast of West Glacier): 15,995 acres. Fire activity may increase today as temperatures warm again; smoke will continue to be visible from the fire. The west flank of the fire continues to slowly back downslope towards the Going-to-the-Sun Road at the rate of approximately 100 feet a day. Growth on the southwest and northeast areas of the fire will continue as pockets of heavy fuel are ignited. Crews will begin removal of water handling equipment from higher elevations.

Structure protection continuesin the Lake McDonald Lodge and North Lake McDonald area: Sprinklers and water handling equipment remain in place around the Lake McDonald Lodge complex and will be utilized as needed. Pumps and hose lay systems have been installed in the Avalanche Creek Campground, Trail of the Cedars area and North McDonald Lake area. Hazard tree removal near the Sprague and Avalanche Creek Campground will continue to ensure safe areas for fire operations. The Wheeler Cabin and Mount Brown Lookout are wrapped. Crews will continue structure assessment and protection in Apgar Village.


Adair Peak Fire (18 miles north/northwest of West Glacier): 3,374 acres. The Adair Peak Fire continues to see minimal fire activity. Structure protection around the patrol cabins is in place and staff will monitor the fire as supplies are removed from the area.


Elder Creek Fire (40 miles north of West Glacier on the US/Canada Border): 282 acres in Glacier National Park, total of 2,547 acres. As fire activity remains minimal, the fire will be monitored from the Thoma lookout and resources from the Flathead National Forest.


Smoke and Weather Conditions: Temperatures will increase today and Sunday, bringing slightly warmer and drier conditions. Smoke will continue to be visible from these fires; other fires in Montana and British Columbia may also contribute to haziness in the area. You can monitor current smoke and visibility conditions at: http://go.nps.gov/glacwebcams.


The evacuation WARNING for the Apgar area within Glacier National Park, including Apgar Village and Campground, portions of West Glacier, and Moose City has been lifted, effective 6:00 am today (9/16/17).

An evacuation ORDER remains in place from the south end of Lake McDonald north to Logan Pass. This includes the North McDonald Road. The duration of the evacuation is unknown at this time.


MOST areas of the park remain OPEN: The Going-to-the-Sun Road from Saint Mary to Siyeh Bend, Two Medicine, Many Glacier, and Apgar are currently open. Please check the park website for current conditions as weather may impact closures: https://nps.gov/glac.

Fire Information Phone: 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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