Fires Hold through Wind Shift with Precipitation Expected Today
Incident: Elder Creek Fire Wildfire
Sprague Fire (5 miles northeast of West Glacier): Yesterday, fire activity and growth was to the north and southwest. The wind increase and shift in the evening did occur but did not significantly affect fire growth. Today, crews and aerial resources will continue to monitor the fire and take action as needed. Decreased temperatures and higher relative humidities will help firefighting efforts. The fire is 15,995 acres.
Structure protection work continues in the Lake McDonald Lodge and North Lake McDonald area: Sprinklers and road spraying around the Lake McDonald Lodge complex increased the humidity and cooled the immediate area, creating a “rain forest” micro-climate. Pumps and hose lay systems have been installed in the Avalanche Creek Campground, Trail of the Cedars area and North McDonald Lake area. Crews will continue structure assessment and protection in Apgar Village. Fuels reduction work around the historic ranger station is completed. The Wheeler Cabin is wrapped and firefighters have made good progress extinguishing hotspots around the Sperry Chalet complex.
Elder Creek Fire (40 miles north of West Glacier on the US/Canada Border): The fire will be monitored from the Thoma lookout and resources from the Flathead National Forest. Yesterday, the fire activity remained minimal. The following trails are closed due to fire activity: Kishenehn Trail from the road to the Canadian border, Kishenehn Creek Trail from the Patrol Cabin to the border, and the Kintla Trail from Kishenehn Creek to Boulder Pass Trail (over Starvation Ridge). The fire is 282 acres in Glacier National Park (Total acreage is 2,547).
Adair Peak Fire (18 miles north/northwest of West Glacier): The Adair Fire saw minimal activity yesterday as it continued to burn in the mixed conifer stands along Logging Lake. Structure protection around the patrol cabins is in place and this fire will be monitored as needed. The Adair Fire is 3,374 acres.
Smoke and Weather Conditions: Today, temperatures will be significantly cooler with chances of light rain and snow at higher elevations. Smoke from other fires in Montana and British Columbia are contributing to the haziness in the area. You can monitor current smoke and visibility conditions at: http://go.nps.gov/glacwebcams.
An evacuation ORDER remains in place from the south end of Lake McDonald north to Logan Pass. This includes the North McDonald Road. The duration of the evacuation is unknown at this time. An evacuation WARNING is in place for the Apgar area within Glacier National Park, including Apgar Village and campground as well as portions of West Glacier, please see Inciweb for details on the locations affected.
MOST areas of the park remain OPEN: 18 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road between St. Mary and Logan Pass, Granite Park Chalet, Two Medicine, St. Mary, and Many Glacier are currently open. Please check the park website for closure information and current conditions at https://nps.gov/glac.
Fire Information Phone: 406-387-9092
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5510/ (Sprague fire updates, maps, photos, and park webcams)
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5590/ (Adair Peak fire updates, maps and photos) Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5601/ (Elder Creek fire updates, maps and photos) Facebook: https://facebook.com/GlacierNPS
Montana Wildfire Smoke Updates: http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair