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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. 


Thompson Fire burns thousands of acres in Glacier NP

GNP photo(WEST GLACIER)- A new fire first spotted over the weekend has now burned upwards of 2,000 acres in a remote corner of Glacier National Park. 

The Thompson Fire was first spotted Sunday afternoon in the Nyack drainage, which is roughly 10-miles southeast of Lake McDonald. The blaze is burning in very rugged remote terrain.

By yesterday afternoon, Glacier National Park officials were estimating the fire's size at 1900 acres. The park isn't sending ground crews into the remote location, but is attacking the blaze with aerial water drops in hopes of slowing its spread in the hot, dry conditions this week. 


New fire roars to life in southern Glacier National Park

Connie Konopatzke photo(GLACIER N.P.)- Firefighting crews spent Sunday scrambling to get to a new fire that's roared to life in the Glacier National Park backcountry, in the southeast corner of the park.
The Thompson Fire was first spotted around 3 p.m. Sunday in the Thompson Creek drainage. The blaze lies southeast of Lake McDonald and west of the Upper Nyack Campground. But the location of the fire made the smoke easily visible from a broad area of the park, including St. Mary and U.S. 2 around the southern perimeter of the park. 

There have been no firm estimates on the size of the fire at this point, which is burning in the most remote corner of the park, but it's believed to be between 200 and 500 acres. Flathead National Forest had reported aircraft were being called up to the scene, with at least one helicopter in the area by Sunday evening and more in route.
The fire poses no risk to any structures. The only buildings in that corner of the park are some historic ranger cabins and outbuildings at Nyack.