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Fire Weather Warning issued for Glacier National Park

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A Fire Weather Warning was issued Saturday through Sunday evening for the Glacier National Park area.

According to a press release, strong winds and thunderstorms are predicted and due to dry conditions, the potential for new fires and fire growth is high.

Additional fire personnel have been staged on both sides of the park to respond to new fires.

The press release states that aerial resources and fire crews are currently working on the Sprague, Howe Lake, and Rogers fires on the west side of the park.

New fires being accessed include a small fire visible from the Going-to-the-Sun Road and on Elk Mountain.

Both of these fires are in rocky areas and estimated to be less than a tenth of an acre in size. 

According to the press release, the Apgar Lookout Trail and the Johns Lake area trails have reopened. 

Closures remain in effect for the Howe Ridge Trail, Camas Trail, Trout Lake Trail, the Sperry Trail from Lake McDonald to Gunsight Pass (including all secondary trails such as the Snyder Lake Trail), and the Lincoln Lake Trail.

The Inside North Fork Road is also closed to vehicles from Fish Creek to Logging Lake.

Backcountry campgrounds in the areas listed above are also closed.

Other backcountry areas in the park are still open for day use.

No new overnight backcountry permits are being issued, in order to reduce the number of people overnighting in the backcountry while the park remains in extreme fire danger.

Individuals with current backcountry permits for areas not impacted by fires are not being asked to leave.

Sperry Chalet remains closed.

The structures in the Sperry Chalet complex are not immediately threatened, however the Sprague fire has necessitated the closure of the main trail that accesses the chalet.

As of Friday, no overnight guests remain at Sperry Chalet.

Most areas of the park are open including all areas of the North Fork, Apgar Village, the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Granite Park Chalet, Two Medicine, St. Mary, Many Glacier and Goat Haunt.

Please check the park website for updated trail and road information at http://bit.ly/2uAE96d.

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