Thursday, July 23, 2015

Update on Wildfire in Glacier

Unfortunately there wasn't much new news provided by the park today regarding the Reynolds Creek Fire. The Inciweb website was updated about a half-hour ago, but provided very few new details. Here are a few items:

* A Type 1 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire at 10:00p.m. Thursday evening. There are currently 200 personnel fighting the fire at this time.

* The official size of the fire remains at approximately 4,000 acres. Current suppression activities for Thursday include monitoring the southwest portion of the fire and trying to seize opportunities for anchoring the fire into St. Mary Lake.

* The Going-to-the-Sun Road remains closed between the St. Mary entrance on the east side and Big Bend on the west side.

* The St. Mary Campground, the Rising Sun Motor Inn, and the Rising Sun Campground have been evacuated. The St. Mary Visitor Center is closed to the public.

Although the fire continues to burn in the St. Mary Valley, the rest of the park is still open, with tons of outstanding hiking opportunities available. Remember, the park is more than one million acres in size. The Two Medicine, Many Glacier, Belly River, Bowman Lake and Lake McDonald areas all provide hikes that offer epic Glacier National Park scenery. For more information on many of the hikes in these areas, please click here.


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