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Boundary Fire

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Glacier National Park
National Park Service
PO Box 128 West Glacier Montana 59936
West Glacier, MT 59936

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Glacier National Park Boundary Fire Update

Boundary Fire Wildfire
News – 8/26/2018

The Boundary Fire was reported August 23 at approximately 6:15 pm. The fire is located in the Boundary Creek Valley, near the Campbell Mountain area west of upper Waterton Lake in northeast Glacier National Park.

A low pressure system is expected to bring rain and cooler temperatures to the area Sunday night and Monday.

The fire is currently estimated at 2,000 acres and is approximately one mile west of Waterton Lake.

While the fire grew very quickly during the evening of August 23 (from detection to an estimated 1,500 acres), fire activity moderated on August 24 and 25, with limited growth on the western fire edge. Fire activity observed on August 25 included isolated torching and very little fire growth. Firefighters hiked to the fire area to assess potential actions to contain the fire within the Boundary Creek drainage.

Parks Canada and the National Park Service deployed aerial initial attack resources immediately on August 23, but extreme fire behavior and rapid fire growth prevented aerial suppression actions. Parks Canada and Glacier National Park staff cleared hikers from the area and evacuated the Glacier National Park Waterton River Backcountry Campground.

All trails originating from Goat Haunt are closed, and all hiking trails in Waterton Lakes National Park are currently closed.

Preventative structure protection for the 14 buildings at the National Park Service Goat Haunt area is complete, including pumps and sprinkler systems. National Park Service staff remain onsite at Goat Haunt.

For detailed trail closure information in Glacier National Park, visit