Boundary Fire in Glacier National Park has burned 1,200 acres

Posted at 12:44 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 14:44:29-04

(GREAT FALLS) A new fire has sparked in Glacier National Park: the Boundary Fire. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. There have been no injuries reported.

According to a press release from Glacier National Park, the fire was discovered on Thursday, August 23rd, and is located in the Boundary Creek Valley, near the Campbell Mountain area west of Waterton Lake in northeast Glacier National Park.

As of Friday morning, it has burned an estimated 1,200 acres and is about one mile west of Waterton Lake.

On Thursday night, the fire was reported to be fast-growing, with flame lengths up to 100 feet. The park is implementing structure protection measures in the Goat Haunt area.

On Friday, air resources are being used to slow the spread of the fire eastward toward Waterton Lake, as conditions allow.

Waterton Lakes National Park posted the following information on its Facebook page on Friday morning:

Due to the wildfire’s behaviour and location, and weather predictions, Parks Canada issued an Evacuation Alert for all of Waterton Lakes National Park last night.

All backcountry areas and hiking trails in Waterton Lakes National Park are currently closed. Parks Canada staff evacuated backcountry campgrounds and swept trails in Waterton yesterday evening. The Evacuation Alert was shared door-to-door throughout the community of Waterton Park, on social media and through Alberta Emergency Alerts.

Parks Canada deployed initial attack aerial resources, but were unsuccessful in limiting fire growth. Parks Canada and Glacier National Park staff cleared hikers from the area and evacuated the Waterton River Backcountry Campground.

Waterton Lake Trail, the North Boundary Trail, and the Waterton River Backcountry Campground have been closed. Additional closures are expected on Friday and more information will be shared as available.

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