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Saturday
Aug222015

Cooler weather, light winds help with Glacier fires

Jonathan Moor photo (ESSEX)- Cooler weather and minimal winds were a big help Saturday, helping keep some of the new fire activity on a series of blazes burning along the southern edge of Glacier National Park. 

The fires, called the Thompson-Divide Complex, consists of three fires. Those include the Thompson Fire burning in the Nyack backcountry, and the Sheep, Granite and Spruce fires burning closer to Essex. 

The Sheep Fire has burned over 4-hundred acres and has been the biggest concern the past few days because of its proximity to Essex, with more than 200-structures, including the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line at risk. 

The Granite Fire west of Marias Pass has burned just under 200-acres south of U.S. 2 in the Great Bear Wilderness. The Thompson Fire has burned over 14,000 acres, but crews have made good progress with mop-up operations around the fire perimeter and the blaze is set to go into monitoring status. The Spruce Fire has burned just 3-acres. 

Residents in Essex remain on evacuation alert, however U.S. 2 was re-opened through the Sheep Creek fire scene with pilot cars guiding traffic. A community meeting is set for at 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the Izaak Walton Inn.