July 30, 2006
Melissa Wilson, 406-888-7895
The park has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the Cut Bank campground. All Cut Bank area trails and the park's backcountry “Atlantic Creek” campground are also closed. This evacuation is necessary due to the Red Eagle Fire, which continues to burn in the area.
Strong winds were forecast for Sunday afternoon, which were expected to push the fire south toward the Cut Bank campground.
All other areas of the park remain open. The Going-to-the-Sun remains open from the west entrance to Rising Sun. Lodging, food, boat tours, and bus tours remain available throughout the park, including at Rising Sun. Park interpretive programs continue to be offered on the park’s west side and on the east side at Many Glacier and Two Medicine. No programs will be offered at St. Mary Visitor Center until that section of the park reopens.
For information on other services, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/glac/home.htm.
Highway 89 remains closed north of Browning at the junction with Star School Road and just south of Babb. Access between Babb and Browning is available via Highway 464 (Duck Lake Road.) Morning Star and Oldman campgrounds remain closed; these campgrounds did not open this summer.
Information about the Red Eagle fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/374/.