Snow Forecast for Sprague Fire
Incident: Sprague Fire Wildfire
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Sprague Fire (5 miles northeast of West Glacier): 16,982 acres. Saturday’s Infrared flight showed growth of 61 acres along the south and northwest edge of the fire. Crews are monitoring fire activity and progression as the fire slowly backs downslope. The sprinkler system along the trails between the Sperry Trailhead and Johns Lake area is being used to moisten fuels to help firefighters to hold the fire before it reaches the Going- to-the-Sun Road near the north end of Lake McDonald. Crews will inventory and winterize the hoses and sprinklers today in preparation of freezing temperatures. Fire activity remains minimal with creeping and smoldering in downed logs.
Structure Protection in the Lake McDonald Lodge and North Lake McDonald area: Crews removed and rolled nearly 6 miles of hose and numerous sprinklers from the Avalanche Campground and boardwalk on Saturday. Today they will remove hose and sprinklers from the Lake McDonald Lodge area and Lake McDonald Ranger Station.
Adair Peak Fire (18 miles north/northwest of West Glacier): 4,074 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 the Northfork Road and aerial reconnaissance.
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 as needed to monitor the fire.
Smoke and Weather Conditions: A cold front moved through the area Saturday bringing west-southwest winds 5-11 mph, some showers, and lower temperatures. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with showers and possible thunderstorm in the afternoon. High temperature will be 43-48 with northeast winds 5-7 mph. On Monday temperatures will be near freezing with 3-6 inches of snow forecasted in low elevations and up to 10 inches in higher elevations. By Tuesday, high temperatures for the valley will struggle to get above freezing. Fire activity will be minimal but smoke will still be visible along the fire perimeter; 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 Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5510/
Montana Wildfire Smoke Updates: http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair