Firefighters Responding to New Wildland Fires

Smoke plume from the Thompson Fire
Smoke Plume from the Thompson Fire as seen from Logan Pass

NPS PHOTO/Andrew Englehorn

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News Release Date: August 10, 2015

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WEST GLACIER, MONT. –A new wildland fire was reported on Sunday, August 9 around 1:30pm. The fire was reported from Glacier National Park's Loneman Lookout. The Thompson fire, burning in the remote Nyack area of the park, is estimated to be 150-200 acres in size. The Upper Nyack Cabin is threatened by the fire.

A smoke plume from the Thompson Fire was visible from areas east of the continental divide yesterday.

Aerial resources are being used on the Thompson Fire to attempt to control fire spread. Due to the remote, rugged terrain, ground resources are not being used at this time to support aerial firefighting efforts.

The Thompson Fire has prompted closure of the Nyack and Coal Creek area, including trails and backcountry campsites and the section of trail from Nyack Creek to Cutbank Pass. For updated information on trail status, visit

A Type III Interagency Incident Command Team is working with Glacier National Park to respond to the fire, with personnel from the Flathead National Forest, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and National Park Service resources.

An additional fire was reported Monday morning in the North Fork area of the park, near mile marker 11.5 on the North Fork Road. The fire is estimated to be one-quarter acre in size. Ground and aerial resources are responding. 

Glacier National Park and cooperating agencies have also been working to contain the Reynolds Creek Fire, located east of Logan Pass. This fire started on July 21, and is currently 67% contained. The east side of Going-to-the-Sun Road is open for public use between 9am and 7pm daily, with no stopping within the fire area. For more information on road access, visit


Last updated: August 10, 2015

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