Little Snowfall on Sprague Fire
Incident: Sprague Fire Wildfire
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Sprague Fire (5 miles northeast of West Glacier): 16,982 acres. Fire activity remains minimal with creeping and smoldering in downed logs. 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. All excess equipment has been removed from the fire and is being prepared to return to the regional fire cache. Crews will continue to monitor fire activity from the road and trails.
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: Monday was cool and cloudy with showers in the morning and snow above 4,500 feet. Overnight saw light snow in lower elevations. Today clouds will begin clearing and temperatures will begin rising with highs in the 40s. A hard freeze is expected Wednesday morning with temperatures below 20. Skies will be mostly sunny the next few days with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. 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
Montana Wildfire Smoke Updates: http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair