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Going-to-the-Sun Road

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

Lindsay Pilon and Kayla Stephens were among those evacuated from northeast Glacier Tuesday when the Reynolds Creek fire began burning through what is now estimated at 4,000 acres of dry timber.

The two young women live and work in West Glacier and were leading family friends on an overnight trip.

Glacier National Park entrance sign.
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Update 9:50 p.m.: The Flathead Beacon is reporting that the fire has grown to 1,000 acres in five hours, forcing the evacuation of Rising Sun Campground and Rising Sun Motor Inn.

A type 2 incident team has been ordered, and a fire information phone line has been established at (406) 732-7791.

Glacier National Park sign at the park's St. Mary entrance.
Glacier National Park (PD)

After four years as the deputy superintendent of Glacier National Park, Kym Hall is leaving Montana.

Hall’s career in the National Park Service spans almost 29 years. She came to Glacier during a transition of leadership in the park, before Jeff Mow was named superintendent. She briefly served as acting superintendent of the park in 2013. She says in her mind Glacier will remain an important place.

National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow welcomes the Janssen family as the honorary 100 millionth visitor in park history. National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow welcomes the Janssen family as the honorary 100 millionth visitor in park history.
Corin Cates-Carney

Glacier National park marked another attendance milestone Thursday morning as the 100 millionth visitor in park history drove through the west entrance.

Going To The Sun Road To Open Partially June 11

Jun 10, 2015
Plow crews work their way up Going-to-the-Sun Road in April 2015
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Glacier National Park officials now say they anticipate allowing cars to access Logan Pass from the west side starting on the morning of Thursday, June 11, with a portion of the road being one-lane until June 19.

But they say Going-to-the-Sun road won’t be open from the east side until June 19th.

Glacier National Park officials fielded questions about the condition of the Going-to-the-Sun Road Wednesday night at a community meeting in Columbia Falls.

Superintendent Jeff Mow opened the evening with a joke about an apparent sign that must be on his back, to ask when the Going-to-the-Sun Road will open for the season.

A plow team work their way up the west side of Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier National Park in 2015.
Corin Cates-Carney

Glacier National Park crews are getting the Going-to-the-Sun road ready for what officials say could be another record year for the park. But, before visitors climb the pass, a lot of work still needs to be done.

Glacier National Park's Logan Pass Visitor Center on a busy summer day.
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In 2014, Glacier National Park set an all-time visitation record. But, with the record comes concern for growing traffic in the park.

Park Officials are looking for public comment on The Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Management Plan, which started in 2013.

Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park.
GlacierNPS

Entrance to Glacier National Park, and all national parks, is free this weekend in honor of National Park Week.

The free weekend comes soon after after the Park Service launched it’s “Find Your Park” marketing campaign, to celebrate the Park Service’s centennial, in 2016.

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Glacier National Park is working on a Road Corridor Management Plan to address some of the issues increased visitation is bringing to popular areas along the Going to the Sun Road and the trails that connect to it.

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