Smoke From Reynolds Creek Fire Increases As Unburned Fuels Ignite
It’s been an active day on the fire burning on the east side of Glacier National Park. There’s been significant smoke in the area this afternoon. Fire information officer Shauna Hartman explains why.
"There are some pockets of unburned fuel in the interior of the fire that are burning actively."
Hartman says the fire is also growing to the north, but its spread to the east is being limited by rocky terrain. She says most of the fire’s growth today has been in the Two Dog Creek area.
"The most active fire that we’re seeing is in the Two Dog Creek area, and it is an unburned bowl, kind of in the middle of two fingers on the northeast end of the fire."
The 3,200 acre fire was being called 63% contained as of this morning. Firefighters today faced temperatures in the mid-80s and low humidity. The forecast is for similar conditions tomorrow, with the first chance of rain coming Monday.
Going-to-the-Sun Road remains closed from the east side of the park, but is open from the west side of the park to the top of Logan Pass. Park officials report significant congestion on the road.