Wildfire in Glacier National Park explodes to 800+ acres - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Wildfire in Glacier National Park explodes to 800+ acres

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Fire burning in Glacier national Park (Photo by Robert DesRosier) Fire burning in Glacier national Park (Photo by Robert DesRosier)

The Reynolds Creek Fire burning in Glacier National Forest has now scorched more than 800 acres.

There have been no reported injuries and no damaged buildings at this point.

The fire was first reported at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday and was located near Grizzly Point, approximately six miles east of Logan Pass. Park dispatch received numerous reports of the fire from shuttle bus drivers, Glacier Boat Company employees, park employees and visitors.

The fire is moving quickly in heavy timber with "extreme spread potential," according to a press release from GNP spokeswoman Denise Germann.

Germann says that the fire has burned between 800 and 1,000 acres.

Going To The Sun Road is closed between the St. Mary entrance on the east side and Avalanche on the west side.  

There is no access to any trails or backcountry areas from Going To The Sun Road at this time.  

The Rising Sun Motor Inn and the Rising Sun Campground were evacuated on Tuesday evening. 

Park rangers and staff are searching for backcountry hikers in the area to evacuate them and direct them to safety.   

The parking areas of the St. Mary Visitor Center and the Apgar Visitor Center have been established as gathering areas for park visitors that may have been separated from their group.

All interpretive programs in the St. Mary Valley are canceled until further notice. 

A temporary flight restriction over the fire area has been implemented.

A Type II Interagency Incident Command Team has been ordered and should arrive on Wednesday.  

Resources from Flathead National Forest, Glacier County, East Glacier, Babb, St Mary, and Cut Bank, Fire Departments, Blackfeet Fire Management, Montana Department of Natural Resources, Evergreen and West Valley Fire Departments and Flathead County are assisting Glacier National Park.

A fire information phone line has been established at 406-732-7791.

We will update you as we get more information.

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