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Sprague Fire News Release

Equipment Pulled From Sprague Fire

Incident: Sprague Fire Wildfire
Released: 10/2/2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sprague Fire (5 miles northeast of West Glacier): 16,982 acres. Fire activity remains minimal with creeping and smoldering in downed logs. Crews will continue to monitor fire activity. The sprinkler system along the trails between the Sperry Trailhead and Johns Lake was active for four days to moisten fuels above the trail. This was to help firefighters hold the fire if it spread that far. Crews completed an inventory and winterization of the hoses and sprinklers which will be removed in the future. In the past two days crews removed over 55,000 feet of hose, 24 Mark III pumps, 270 sprinklers and 6 portable water tanks.

Structure Protection in the Lake McDonald Lodge and North Lake McDonald area: Crews removed and rolled all of the hose and sprinklers from the Lake McDonald Lodge area and Lake McDonald Ranger Station. Protective wrap remaining on buildings and utility boxes will be removed.

Adair Peak Fire (18 miles north/northwest of West Glacier): 4,074 acres. A few smokes are visible from the west edge of the fire. 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: Sunday was mostly cloudy with showers and snow above 4,500 feet starting in the afternoon. Today will be overcast with rain and snow expected over much of the area. High temperatures will be in the 30s with 1-3 inches of snow possible in low elevations and up to 7-10 inches in higher elevations. A hard freeze is expected Tuesday morning with temperatures below 20. 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

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PO Box 128 West Glacier Montana 59936
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