Monday, August 10, 2015

Two New Wildfires Burning in Glacier National Park

Another wildfire is burning in Glacier National Park. The Thompson Fire was reported at approximately 1:30 pm on Sunday August 9th. It's burning in heavy timber near the Nyack Area in the remote Thompson Creek Drainage, just west of the Upper Nyack Backcountry Campground. A smoke plume from the fire was visible from areas east of the continental divide yesterday. As of Monday evening, the fire has jumped to roughly 1900 acres in size, and is currently under investigation.

Aerial resources are being used on the Thompson Fire to attempt to control fire spread. Due to the remote, rugged terrain, ground resources are not being used at this time to support aerial firefighting efforts.

The Thompson Fire has prompted closure of the Nyack and Cole Creek area, including trails and backcountry campsites and the section of trail from Nyack Creek to Cutbank Pass. For updated information on trail status, click here.

A Type III Interagency Incident Command Team is working with Glacier National Park to respond to the fire, with personnel from the Flathead National Forest, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and National Park Service resources.

An additional fire was reported on Monday morning in the North Fork area of the park, near mile marker 11.5 on the North Fork Road. The fire is estimated to be one-quarter acre in size. Ground and aerial resources are responding.

The Reynolds Creek Fire also continues to burn in the St. Mary area. You can find more information on that wildfire here.


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