Weather Slows Wildland Fire Activity
Contact: Denise Germann, 406-888-5838
Contact: Jennifer Lutman, 406-888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. - Glacier National Park received up to eight-tenths of an inch of rain yesterday, slowing the growth of the Avalanche Wildland Fire. Cool temperatures, wind, and chances of rain are expected to continue throughout today. Current fire activity is minimal.
Weather conditions do not allow firefighters to be on the fire line or any aviation operations today, but monitoring efforts continue. The number of people dedicated to this incident will begin to decrease as the fire becomes contained. The Avalanche Lake Trail remains closed until further notice.
The Avalanche Wildland Fire is approximately 70 acres and located on Mount Brown, near Avalanche Lake on the west side of Glacier National Park. Smoke was reported on Saturday, September 1 at approximately 2:30 p.m. and the cause of the fire is believed to be lightning. Flathead National Forest, Kootenai National Forest, and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation assisted Glacier National Park fire managers with fire suppression operations.
Did You Know?
If current trends continue, some scientists predict that by the year 2030, Glacier National Park will not contain any glaciers and many of the park's smaller glaciers will melt even sooner.