Fire Activity Minimal Due to Below Average Temperatures and Precipitation
Incident: Elder Creek Fire Wildfire
Note: There was no infrared flight due to weather; updated acreages were last received on 9/17/2017.
Sprague Fire (5 miles northeast of West Glacier): 16,790 acres. Yesterday, light to moderate showers throughout the day amounted in one to two tenths of an inch (0.10 to 0.20) of rain across the fire. Crews will continue to install hose lays and sprinkler systems on trails between the Sperry Trailhead and John’s Lake area working from both the north and south end. Firefighters have a greater probability of success holding the fire before it reaches the Going- to-the-Sun Road due to current conditions.
Structure protection continues in the Lake McDonald Lodge and North Lake McDonald area: Sprinklers and water handling equipment remain in place around the Lake McDonald Lodge complex and will be utilized as needed. 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 protection planning in Apgar Village.
Adair Peak Fire (18 miles north/northwest of West Glacier): 4,034 acres. The Adair Peak Fire continues to smolder and produce visible smoke; however, fire activity and growth remains minimal. As the threat of fire movement towards the Patrol Cabins diminished, the wrap from the Upper Patrol cabin was removed and water handling equipment removed.
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). As fire activity remains minimal, aerial reconnaissance will be used to monitor the fire.
Smoke and Weather Conditions: Yesterday, the fire areas experienced light to moderate showers amounting in one to two tenths of an inch (0.10 to 0.20). Below average temperatures are expected today and through the weekend with highs in the low 50s. Mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and snow at higher elevations will maintain elevated humidity. Smoke will continue to be visible from these fires; other fires in Montana and British Columbia may also contribute to haziness in the area. You can monitor current smoke and visibility conditions in Glacier National Park 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.
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: 406-387-9092
Sprague Fire Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5510/
Adair Peak Fire Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5590/
Elder Creek Fire Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5601/
Montana Wildfire Smoke Updates: http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair