Glacier National Park
National Park Service
PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Note: The infrared flight contacted last night showed an increase of 136 acres since the last flight on 9/17/2017.
Sprague Fire (5 miles northeast of West Glacier): 16,926 acres. Crews are monitoring fire activity and progression as the fire slowly backs downslope. Crews will continue to moisten fuels using hose lays and sprinkler systems installed on trails between the Sperry Trailhead and Johns Lake area in anticipation of increased fire behavior forecasted with warming temperatures over the next few days. This will assist firefighters in efforts to hold the fire before it reaches the Going- to-the-Sun Road near the north end of Lake McDonald. Fire activity remains minimal with creeping and smoldering in downed logs; firefighting resources will continue to monitor the south and west edges of the fire. Excess equipment is being removed from the fire area.
Structure Protection in the Lake McDonald Lodge and North Lake McDonald area: Sprinklers and water handling equipment in place around the Lake McDonald Lodge complex will be tested today.
Adair Peak Fire (18 miles north/northwest of West Glacier): 4,034 acres. The Adair Peak Fire continues to see minimal fire activity with a few smokes visible from the west edge of the fire. Personnel will monitor the fire from Cyclone Lookout on the Flathead National Forest.
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 (Note: this acreage does not reflect changes since 9/14/2017). As fire activity remains minimal, aerial reconnaissance will be utilized when possible to monitor the fire.
Smoke and Weather Conditions: Today will see clearing skies and warmer temperatures. Temperatures will be warming into the 60s and fire activity may increase through Friday when a cold front is forecasted for the area bringing cooler temperatures and precipitation. More smoke is likely to be visible from the fires; you can monitor current smoke and visibility conditions in Glacier National Park at: http://go.nps.gov/glacwebcams.
A pre-evacuation WARNING remains in place for private residences in the Lake McDonald Lodge, Lake McDonald Ranger Station, and Kelly's Camp areas. The Going-to-the-Sun Road remains closed to all public access at the foot of Lake McDonald due to ongoing firefighting activity.
MOST areas of the park remain OPEN: The Going-to-the-Sun Road from Saint Mary to Logan Pass, 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: 406-551-6295
Montana Wildfire Smoke Updates: http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair