Evacuation warning issued for Apgar Village and West Glacier due to fire
By: MTN News
Sprague Fire in Glacier National Park (Photo from Inciweb)
(West Glacier) Due to the predicted east wind event this evening as a cold front moves from the east, current or projected threats from hazards associated with the Sprague Fire are severe enough to indicate a good probability of the need to evacuate.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the lighting-sparked Sprague Fire has burned an estimated 14,795 acres, and is about 60% contained.
Based on recommendations from the Sprague Fire Incident Management Team, Glacier National Park and the Flathead County Sheriff have issued an Evacuation Warning effective September 13, 2017 at 12 pm for all residents and visitors in the Apgar Village and portions of West Glacier. This includes the Apgar Visitor Center, Apgar Village Lodge and Cabins, Glacier National Park employee housing, West Glacier Park Headquarters, Glacier Institute Field Camp, Alberta Visitor Center, some West Glacier motels, concession housing, and private residences.
Portions of West Glacier under evacuation warning include: West Glacier Village, Highline Blvd. neighborhood, Golf Course neighborhood, Wild River Dr. / Grouse Ridge Rd. neighborhood, and west toward Sloan Lane neighborhood
An Evacuation Warning is issued when current or projected threats from hazards associated with the Sprague Fire are severe enough to indicate a good probability of the need to evacuate. A warning is equivalent to the “Set” in the Ready, Set, Go notification system (PDF).
The Sprague Fire Incident Management Team made the recommendation in preparation for this evening’s predicted strong east winds, which could increase activity on the west side of the Sprague Fire.
Some trails and backcountry campgrounds are closed due to fire activity. Check https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/conditions.htm for current trail and backcountry campground status. Most areas of the park remain open including areas of the North Fork, Apgar Village, the Going-to-the-Sun Road between St. Mary and Logan Pass, Granite Park Chalet, Two Medicine, St. Mary, and Many Glacier.