Forest fire in Glacier national park now at 1,100 hectares

Fire crews in Glacier national park are fighting fire with fire to deal with an 1,100-hectare blaze in the park.

File photo: A fire in Glacier national park. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

The Mountain Creek fire in Glacier national park has grown to about 1,100 hectares in size as of Wednesday, July 19. It’s one of nine fires in the park touched of since July 10.

Parks Canada spokesperson Shelley Bird said that crews are managing the fire with fire, using helicopters to light new fires around its perimeters to burn up fuel and slow the spread of the fire and eventually contain it.

The fire is within the boundaries of the park and is not threatening any infrastructure at this point.

File photo: A Parks Canada employee on a helicopter fire patrol in Glacier national park. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

Cool air in recent days has aided the fire suppression efforts, but the mass is expected to lift tonight, but potential lightning storms are in the forecast, causing concern about new fire starts.

“The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is Parks Canada’s top priority,” Bird said. “Parks Canada works closely with the BC Wildfire Service to monitor and manage wildfire risk in and around Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.”

The fire has caused the closure of the Beaver Valley area trails. A fire ban is in place for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier parks.

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