Final Sprague Fire Update
Incident: Sprague Fire Wildfire
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The Sprague Fire
Sprague Fire (5 miles northeast of West Glacier): 16,982 acres. The Sprague Fire was reported the evening of August 10th and is located on the east side of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. Because of its location and threat to structures, fire crews immediately began suppression actions. Hot and dry weather conditions and strong winds caused intense fire behavior and rapid growth of the fire. Crews and aircraft were used to slow the fire’s growth and to protect many structures on the north end of Lake McDonald. Cooler and wetter weather arrived September 9 and helped slow growth of the fire. A sprinkler system was installed along the trails between the Sperry Trailhead and Johns Lake to moisten fuels above the trail. This was to help firefighters hold the fire if it spread that far. Fire activity is now minimal with creeping and smoldering in downed logs. Crews have removed all excess equipment 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. Smoke is likely to be visible until the fire is covered by snow.
Adair Peak Fire (18 miles north/northwest of West Glacier): 4,074 acres. The Adair Peak Fire was reported the evening of August 12th and is located south of Logging Lake in Glacier National Park. A few smokes are visible from the west edge of the fire and may be visible until snowfall. 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): 659 acres in Glacier National Park, total of 4,067 acres. This figure reflects changes in IR data between 9/14/17 and 9/29/17. There has been minimal growth since 9/23/17. Smoke may be visible until snow falls. Aerial reconnaissance will be utilized as needed to monitor the fire.
Smoke and Weather Conditions: With cool fall weather fire activity will be minimal but smoke may 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.
Montana Wildfire Smoke Updates: http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair