We've got over 1,200 people out on the fire today.
resumed their battle Tuesday with the 56,000-acre Moose
fire in Glacier National Park, attacking the fire both
on the ground and from the air. Crews were called off
the lines on Monday and air tanker drops were halted
early in the afternoon after winds gusted up to 40 mph,
making conditions to dangerous for firefighting.
The blaze, which was started by lightning Aug. 14,
spread into Glacier National Park last Friday and has
charred about 14,000 acres there. The fire was about
five percent contained Tuesday.
"We've got over 1,200 people out on the fire today,"
said Fire Information Officer Scott Brayton with the
Bureau of Land Management. "Our main emphasis is on
structure protection and to get water drops out on the
flanks of the fire." Forecasts for Wednesday called for
cooler temperatures with a slight chance of showers.
The fire forced the evacuation of about a dozen families
living outside the park. A shelter was set up in
Columbia Falls. No homes were damaged or lost and no
injuries were reported.
Glacier National Park remained open to visitors except
for the north end, Brayton said.
Meantime, the National Interagency Fire Center reported
six new fires on Wednesday, including four in Montana.
One new fire was reported in both Idaho and
Nevada."(Fire) conditions continue to be very high to
extreme," noted Janelle Smith, an agency spokesperson.
"Overall throughout the West conditions are pretty hot
Other fires were reported burning in California, Idaho,
Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Wyoming,
and Washington. The Moose fire in Montana was the
largest and most active fire. The 43,000-acre Rex Creek
Complex fire in the Wenatchee National Forest in
Washington was 65 percent contained. The complex of
fires was 34 miles northwest of Lake Chelan in the
One firefighter died Monday in Montana after being
struck by a falling tree while battling a small fire at
the Lost Trail ski area about 95 miles from Missoula.
The 24-year-old Bitterroot National Forest firefighter
was killed while battling the Labor fire, which was
about a five acre fire reported Monday. The victim was
not identified pending notification of next of kin.
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