A fire burning primarily in Canada has slipped into Glacier National Park and has burned about 80 acres in the upper North Fork east of the North Fork of the Flathead River.
The Elder Creek Fire has burned about 1,800 acres in Canada and is actively being fought.
The Adair Peak Fire is also burning in the North Fork near Logging Lake. It’s about 1,300 acres and in an old burn, so it’s not expected to grow much. Prevailing southwest winds should blow the fire back onto itself, fire managers are saying.
Flathead County has restricted access to local traffic only on the North Fork Road north of Trail Creek.
Glacier Park has put fire wraps and other protection in place at the remote Kishenehn Ranger Station.
The trail to the ranger station is closed as well.
In fact, a whole host of trails are currently closed in the Park due to fire or bear danger. They include (trail, reason for closure):
Mackinaw Bay Trail - bear
North Boundary Trail, north of Goat Haunt - fire danger
Sperry Trail, from trailhead to Gunsight Pass, includes Snyder Lake and Mt. Brown trails - fire danger
Snyder Ridge Trail- fire danger
Lincoln Lake trail- fire danger
Avalanche Trail - fire danger
The Trail of the Cedars - fire danger
Upper McDonald Creek Trail - fire danger
John’s Lake Trail - fire danger
Gunsight Trail from the backcountry campground to Gunsight pass (campground is still open) - fire danger
Jackson Glacier Spur Trail from Gunsight Lake campground to Jackson Glacier - fire danger
Harrison Lake Trail - fire danger
Logging Lake Trail - fire danger
Loop Trail, from the Loop to Granite Park Chalet - fire danger
Hidden Meadow Trail - fire danger
Quartz Creek Trail, from Inside North Fork Road to Lower Quartz Lake - fire danger
Flattop Trail, from Packer’s Roost to Fifty Mountain - fire danger
Dutch Creek Trail - fire danger
Trout Lake Trail, from both the North McDonald Creek Road and the Inside North Fork Road to Camas
Lake - fire danger
Howe Lake and Howe Ridge Trails - fire danger
Lake McDonald Trail, from Upper McDonald Creek Road to McDonald Lake campground - fire danger
Floral Park Traverse, from Hidden Lake to Comeau Pass - fire danger
Kishenehn Trail, Kishenehn Creek Trail and Starvation Ridge Trail - fire danger