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Glacier Park Fire Likely Human Caused

Fire officials now believe that the Reynolds Creek Fire was human-caused.
Corin Cates-Carney
Fire officials now believe that the Reynolds Creek Fire was human-caused.

Authorities now believe that the fire burning in Glacier National Park was human-caused, and the National Park Service is turning to the public for help.

The 3,200 acre blaze east of Logan Pass started Tuesday, July 21st.

Park spokeswoman Denise Germann says initial evidence suggests the fire was human caused, and investigators now want to speak with visitors who were in the Gunsight Pass Trail or Reynolds Creek Backcountry Campground areas from July 14 to July 21.

"Did you see anything of interest? Did you see anything that might have been out of the ordinary? It could be anything simple to elaborate, but if anybody was in that area it's probably worth giving us a call. We sure would appreciate it," Germann says.

Anyone with information can call or email the National Park Service at 406-888-5838 or

The fire is now being called 56 percent contained. Firefighters have been dealing with red flag fire conditions this afternoon, and high winds are forecast in the fire area until 9:00 tonight.

Today the park opened more of the Going-to-the-Sun road from the west side, allowing access to the top of Logan Pass and the visitor’s center there. Going to the Sun road remains closed from the east side. The St. Mary Lake trail remains closed due to the fire as well, but most of the park remains open.

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