Starting early on Tuesday nearly Grizzly Point, the scorching wildfire has engulfed Glacier National Park in flames, leading to thousands of evacuations and losses.
The Glacier National Park wildfire is now estimated to be the most active in the U.S., that has leveled 4,000 acres of land as of yet, has torched one historic site, and forced evacuations all around the perimeter.
Thousands have been evacuated from one hotel, one summer resort and all nearby campgrounds, according to the firefighting crews on the ground.
In just under three days, the Reynolds Creek Wildland damage has amounted to more than any of the widlfires in the U.S. One historic patrol station of the National Park service located in Baring Falls has been caught up in the wild flames. At least a vehicle has been destroyed. There are no victims, yet the dense smoke reaching far out from the perimeter is putting health in danger.
On Tuesday, the reported surface engulfed in flames amounted to 2,000 acres. However, it grew rapidly to 4,000 acres by the latest reports on Wednesday. The firefighting crews are trying to tame the wildfire, but little success has been registered so far.
Strong wind gusts, plentiful vegetation and thick timber are making the efforts of containment difficult for air and land firefighting crews. As the Glacier National Park stretches from northern Montana all the way to Canada, it is expected that more communities will be evacuated to prevent life loss.
In an unlucky strike, tourists taking to the historic national park are taken aback at the strength of the wildfire. July is arguably the peak month for Glacier National Park, when thousands are drawn here.
Faced with the strong blaze, the 100 firefighters currently engaged in the wildfire containment efforts are stating that the dry vegetation is sparking the large amounts of timber and driven by the strong winds, the flames are difficult to get ahead of.
Even rain is not helping much, as the last few rains that fell in the past weeks could not sufficiently insulate the areas.
LaRee Prather, one tourist in the Glacier National Park, planned a vacation in the summer resort town of St. Mary. She declared for the Great Falls Tribune:
“We’re in limbo”,
as she was evacuated to a safer location.
Andy Huntsberger, the chief of the Interagency Incident Command Team declared:
“It’s late July, and it’s hot and it’s dry, so when you have an ignition source, it will spread”.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the most active wildfire in the U.S. located in the Glacier National Park, alongside St. Mary summer resort, the Rising Sun Motor Inn&Cabins, as well as the Rising Sun camping have been fully evacuated and the flames that engulfed the buildings have been put out.
Firefighters are seeking the help of helicopters that drop water on the flames in hopes of taming them, yet, dry weather and wind are working against the best of their efforts.
Backcountry hikers are still a priority for authorities. Flight restrictions have been temporarily enforced due to the thick smoke.
Further reports on the advancing wildfire in the Glacier National Park are expected to come in later today.
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