Fire Fighters Responding to Wildland Fire
Contact: Denise Germann, 406-888-5838
Contact: Jennifer Lutman, 406-888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. -The Avalanche Wildland Fire is estimated to be approximately 25 acres and located on Mount Brown, near Avalanche Lake on the west side of Glacier National Park. The Avalanche Lake Trail is closed until further notice.
Smoke was reported on Saturday, September 1 at approximately 2:30 p.m. and the cause of the fire is believed to be lightning. Twenty six fire fighters and aerial water drops are being used to suppress the fire. Firefighters are from Glacier National Park, Flathead National Forest and Kootenai National Forest, in addition to eight smoke jumpers. Two US Forest Service helicopters and a contract helicopter are being used to drop water and for aerial observation. A Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation helicopter was used to assist with aerial operations on Saturday.
Firefighters are working in rugged terrain with some windy conditions, thus limiting the use of some aerial operations. Smoke is visible throughout various locations in the park, and in some locations in the Flathead Valley.
Did You Know?
Grizzly bears in the park have a wide variety of food sources, including glacier lily bulbs, insects, and berries. They may also make an early season meal of mountain goats that were swept down in avalanches over the winter.