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Sprague fire sees some growth, "super scoopers" join fight

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The above video comes from Glacier National Park


GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - The Sprague fire on the west side of Glacier National Park grew a bit on Sunday and has now burned a little over 14,400 acres.

Two Canadian “super scoopers” joined the fight over the weekend, dropping water from Lake McDonald on areas of the Sprague Fire. The two planes made 140 drops for a total of 250,000 gallons and made good progress on reducing fire intensity on the western edge of the fire.

Fire managers say favorable west winds expected on Monday will result in a slow backing fire along Snyder Ridge and Mt. Brown. The Walton Creek drainage may see some increased activity due to the slope alignment and westerly winds.

An evacuation order remains in effect from the south end of Lake McDonald north to Logan Pass including the North McDonald Road. This does not include the Apgar area at this time. Logan Pass is still accessible from the east side of the park.

Two other fires -- the Elder Creek and Adair Peek fire continue to burn in and around Glacier National Park.

Elder Creek Fire: (40 miles north of West Glacier on the US/Canada Border): The fire showed little movement yesterday. There is a potential today for some short duration, high energy runs. The following trails are closed due to fire activity: Kishenehn Trail from the road to the Canadian border, Kishenehn Creek Trail from the Patrol Cabin to the border, and the Kintla Trail from Kishenehn Creek to Boulder Pass Trail (over Starvation Ridge). The fire is 211 acres in Glacier National Park (2,293 acres in total).

Adair Peak Fire: (18 miles north/northwest of West Glacier): Yesterday, the Adair fire saw active fire behavior with crown runs and group torching on the northwest slope of Wolf Gun Mountain. Today, expect moderate fire behavior with smoldering and isolated torching in the 2003 Wolf Gun fire and Wolf Gun Peak area. The Adair Fire is 2,293 acres.

A fire information phone line is available at (406) 387-9092. Click here for the latest information on closures at Glacier National Park. 

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