Wildland Fire

Fire is a natural part of the environment, as natural as a rainstorm or a strong wind. Fire is essential for the health of Glacier's ecosystem, as it maintains a natural balance and mix of plants and trees that in turn contributes to a diversity of wildlife. Fire reduces woody material to ash and releases nutrients. It also reduces build-up of deadfall and organic material, which may lessen the intensity of future fires. There is a natural succession of growth, death, and restoration that depends on fire.
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Current Fire Information

Find out what is happening at the park and nationwide.

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Outdoor Fire Safety

There are benefits to fire, but they can also pose a threat to human life and property. Learn how to prevent forest fire and be prepared.

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Fire Ecology

In-depth information about fire's natural role in the forest.

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Fire History

Fires have occurred almost every year of the park's existence.

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Fire Education

Activities and information to help teachers teach and students learn about fire ecology.

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Fire Management

Managing fire on park lands is not just fighting. There is research, planning, and strategy involved long before any sparks ignite.


Looking for images? There is an album dedicated to fire photos on the park flickr site.

Last updated: July 9, 2016

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West Glacier, MT 59936



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