GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - Evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect in and around the west side of Glacier National Park as the Sprague fire has now grown to nearly 16,000 acres.
Fire managers report that the blaze grew to the north and southwest on Wednesday, but despite the winds increasing and shifting, fire growth was not significantly impacted.
An evacuation order remains in place from the south end of Lake McDonald north to Logan Pass, including the North McDonald Road. Additionally, the evacuation warning issued Wednesday remains in place for the Apgar area within Glacier National Park, including Apgar Village and campground as well as portions of West Glacier.
There are two other blazes burning in the area.
Elder Creek Fire (40 miles north of West Glacier on the US/Canada Border): The fire will be monitored from the Thoma lookout and resources from the Flathead National Forest. Yesterday, the fire activity remained minimal. 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 282 acres in Glacier National Park (Total acreage is 2,547).
Adair Peak Fire: (18 miles north/northwest of West Glacier): The Adair Fire saw minimal activity yesterday as it continued to burn in the mixed conifer stands along Logging Lake. Structure protection around the patrol cabins is in place and this fire will be monitored as needed. The Adair Fire is 3,374 acres.
A fire information phone line is available at (406) 387-9092. Click here for the latest information on closures at Glacier National Park.