GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - The Sprague fire on the west side of Glacier National Park grew a bit on Monday and has now burned 14,475 acres.
Fire managers say the blaze continued to flank to the north on Mount Brown and three water dropping helicopters kept hot spots in check on Mount Brown near the lookout as well as on Snyder Ridge.
Sprinklers and road spraying around the Lake McDonald Lodge complex has increased the humidity and cooled the immediate area, creating a “rain forest” micro-climate, according to fire managers.
Pumps and hose lay systems have been installed in the Avalanche Creek Campground, Trail of the Cedars area and North McDonald Lake area.
Two other fires -- the Elder Creek and Adair Peek fire continue to burn in and around Glacier National Park.
Elder Creek Fire (40 miles north of West Glacier on the US/Canada Border): The fire has showed little movement over the last couple of days as the prevailing winds blew the fire back into itself. Some interior torching may be observed today. Firefighters continue to monitor fire activity in the area. The following trails are closed due to fire activity: Kishenehn Trail from the road to the Canadian border, Kishenehn Creek Trail from the Patrol Cabin to the border, and the Kintla Trail from Kishenehn Creek to Boulder Pass Trail (over Starvation Ridge). The fire is 282 acres in Glacier National Park (2,545 acres in total).
Adair Peak Fire (18 miles north/northwest of West Glacier): Yesterday, the Adair Fire saw active burning in the mixed conifer stands along Logging Lake. Today, expect moderate fire behavior with torching and crown runs near Logging Lake. The Adair Fire is 2,890 acres.
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