For the third day, a raging wildfire fanned by high winds burns through heavy timber on the east side of Glacier National Park forcing closures during the high tourist season. Glacier National Park is located in the state of Montana near the border with Canada and covers over 1 million acres. It is home to over 1,000 species of animals including grizzly bears and mountain goats.
According to an article on Yahoo, “The first major wildfire to hit Glacier in nearly a decade has charred roughly 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares) since igniting on Tuesday just east of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, officials said, and has defied firefighters' attempts to contain it.”
According to the Glacier National Park website updated today closures in the park include, “The Going to the Sun Road from Big Bend to St. Mary, Logan Pass and Logan Pass Visitor Center, Rising Sun Campground & all Rising Sun facilities, St. Mary Campground & Visitor Center, & the Highline Trail from Granite Park Chalet to Logan Pass.”
Inciweb stated,"The Reynolds Creek Fire was reported at approximately 3:45p.m. on Tuesday, July, 21, and is located near Grizzly Point, approximately six miles east of Logan Pass. Current fire management priorities are firefighter and public safety, protection of property and values at risk, and containment of the fire. A Type 1 Incident Management Team will begin managing the Reynolds Creek Fire Thursday, July 23, at 10:00 p.m."
According to weather.com news,” A management team that responds only to the nation's highest-priority fire took command Thursday night. More than 200 firefighters backed by helicopters and fire engines planned to attack the blaze's northeast flank, which was the biggest threat to a hotel and campground that was evacuated Wednesday, and to find a safe place to begin constructing a fire line, fire information officer Jennifer Costich said. The 4,000 acre fire started Tuesday, and officials moved quickly to evacuate hotels, campgrounds and homes, including people in the small community of St. Mary."
Other fires burning out West with the dry weather conditions, low humidity and high winds are in Washington state and in parts of California including Napa. Have you taken action around your home and property to make it safer in the event of a wildfire? If you are not sure where to start, the NFPA's Firewise website has lots of information and materials to help you and your community make changes that will make a difference.