St. Mary Visitor Center temporarily closed
It is believed that the furnace in the visitor center malfunctioned and caused the sprinkler system to activate early this morning. There is water damage to the building, its contents, and some of the utility systems. The damages are being assessed.
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?
Did you know that over 35 Hollywood films were set in Glacier National Park? In honor of film being an American tradition, the Glacier Centennial Program hosted a film festival throughout 2010.