Rain Continues Ahead of Weather Change Next Week
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, scattered showers were received over the fire area. Fire activity remains minimal with creeping and smoldering; in some areas, the fire’s edge has burned out as precipitation reaches the lighter fuels. Today, crews will test the hose lays and sprinkler systems that have been installed on trails between the Sperry Trailhead and John’s Lake area. This system will give firefighters a greater probability of success of holding the fire before it reaches the Going- to-the-Sun Road near north Lake McDonald.
Structure Protection 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 and Trail, Johns Lake area, Trail of the Cedars area and North McDonald Lake area.
Adair Peak Fire (18 miles north/northwest of West Glacier): 4,034 acres. The Adair Peak Fire continues to see minimal fire activity though smoke will remain visible. Personnel will monitor the fire from Cyclone Lookout on the Flathead National Forest.
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 utilized when possible to monitor the fire.
Smoke and Weather Conditions: Today, weather will be cloudy and cool with scattered rain showers and snow at higher elevations. Late this evening, winds will shift to the northeast which will begin pushing the low pressure system out of the area. Smoke will continue to be visible from these fires; 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