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Friday May 26, 2017

2007 Glacier National Park Fires

The Montana fires also create some fantastic sunset photos as per the header photo shot from my driveway in Columbia Falls, MT!!

2007 visitation to Glacier National Park is up over 10% as of the end of July. Glacier remains a great place to visit during all the fires.

As of August 19, 2007 Glacier National Park has not been threatened with any fires. The Skyland Fire is getting very close to East Glacier The conditions are very dry and but we are experiencing the beautiful scenery and wildlife people are looking for.

I visited Logan pass July 28th and shot some great photos of Mountain Goats, Bighorn Sheep, marmots and ground squirrels as well as some beautiful wild flowers on my hike to Hidden Lake. Id was very warm, about 85 degrees F when I completed the 3 mile round trip at about 12:30 PM. I am sure it got much warmer later in the day.

The wildlife were very active when I started on the hike (about 10:30) but had all but disappeared on my way back. So if you are looking for wildlife in Glacier National Park, you might want to start early in the morning.

To get an up to the hour look at what is going on in Glacier National Park go to the Glacier National Park Web Cams page.

Additional 2007 Montana Fire Information

Brush Creek Fire August16, 2007 (News from InciWeb web-site)

Evacuation Request For Community of Good Creek
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For Community of Good Creek August 15, 2007 At 1:45 pm the Brush Creek Fire reached Management Action Line 2 (MAL 2) and is moving down drainage toward the community of Good Cr...

STAR MEADOW: The Flathead County Sheriff's Office mandatory "Evacuation Order" is still in effect for the community of Star Meadow. Access to the affected area is prohibited to anyone not authorized by the Flathead County Sheriff. This action is to ensure the safety of residents and fire fighters.

GOOD CREEK: As of 6:30 pm yesterday, the Flathead County Sheriff's Office implemented the Management Action Line 1 "Evacuation Warning" for the Good Creek Community. The fire has potential to reach residences in Good Creek within 24 hours.

More info on the Brush Creek Fire...

Skyland Fire Wildland Fire As of August 16, 2007 this is the only fire close to Glacier National Park.

The town of East Glacier south to the Heart Butte Cutoff road is on a level 1 evacuation notice which is the lowest level, to inform citizens that there is a potential for evacuation. The fire is still 4 miles from East Glacier. More info on the Skyland fire...

For those of you visiting the Flathead and Glacier National Park from the East traveling U.S. Highway 2, you might consider taking the Going to the Sun Highway through Glacier National Park. The Skyland Fire Wildland Fire (estimated at 30,457   acres as of August 4, 2007) makes travel over the pass kind of "iffy". Travelers could be escorted through the Skyland Fire area corridor continuously until such time the threat to public safety has been eliminated.

Chippy Creek Fire

August 6, 2007 - Roads are closed on east and west sides of the fire going in and near the area.

August 6 - Due to extremely dry fuels and weather the smoke has created vertical plume cloud formations which we have recently seen and this can cause it's own weather creating dangerous fire conditions. More info on the Chippy Creek fire...

New fires

There are a lot of new fires in Montana. The bst source of up to date information right now is the InciWeb website

Viewing 1-10 of 20 incidents sorted by UPDATED in DESCENDING order.
Fool Creek Wildland Fire Lewis and Clark National Forest
Chippy Creek Wildland Fire Montana DNRC
Sawmill Complex Wildland Fire Lolo National Forest
Mile Marker 124 Wildland Fire Montana DNRC
Ahorn Wildland Fire Lewis and Clark National Forest
Brush Creek Wildland Fire Flathead National Forest
Skyland Wildland Fire Flathead National Forest
Rombo Mountain Wildland Fire Bitterroot National Forest
Conger Creek Wildland Fire Lolo National Forest
Jocko Lakes Wildland Fire Montana DNRC
Viewing 11-20 of 20 incidents
Incident Unit
Pattengail Creek Wildland Fire Beaverhead / Deerlodge National Forest
Meriwether Wildland Fire Helena National Forest
Porcupine Wildland Fire Gallatin National Forest
Garceau Wildland Fire Flathead Agency
Middle Fork Wildland Fire Lewis and Clark National Forest
Rugby Creek Wildland Fire Lewis and Clark National Forest
St. Regis Complex Wildland Fire Lolo National Forest
Mcknight Canyon Wildland Fire Montana DNRC
Bachelor Wildland Fire Dillon Field Office
Madison Arm Wildland Fire Gallatin National Forest

2006 fires in Glacier National Park

Red Eagle Fire Wildland Fire

August 2, 2006 Evacuations for the St. Mary and Going to the Sun Highway are lifted as of 8:00 pm August 2.

Highway 89 north of St. Mary (to Babb) will be open, and a 35 mile an hour speed limit will be strictly enforced from Babb through St. Mary due to emergency traffic continuing to work in this area.

.Incident information is available at

Previous info

The following is the information I have so far on the fire in Glacier National Park. As of July 30 2006 the Going to the Sun Road is open from the West entrance to Glacier National Park to the Rising Sun campground area. Glacier National Park remains open for visitor activities

Glacier National Park St Mary Red Eagle Fire

I am still looking for information at 10:30PM 7-29-06 on the closure of Going to the Sun Highway form the Glacier Park Fire.

July 29th, 2006 I haven't been able to find new information on the Glacier Park Fire but you can see it from the St Mary Web Cam

You can get the latest info from US forest service

As of July 28, 2006 the Flathead Valley has not reported any fires. We are starting to get quite dry and the fire danger is high.

Glacier National Park reported a small 50 acre fire near Red Eagle Lake on the East side of the park about 6 miles SE of St Mary. Fire crews have been dispatched to the area.

See the Official Glacier Park Flathead Forest fire news.

Montana News Station fire report

in the Missoulian -Northwest Montana fire news

Be sure to check the Glacier Park Campground information

Glacier Park trail information


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