No more hiking the Quartz Lake Loop for a while. Here’s the text of the official press release . . .
AREA CLOSURE ORDER for the Quartz Fire
Effective at 1600, Thursday, August 18th, 2022, pursuant to 36 CFR 1.5 (a), the following acts are prohibited within Glacier National Park:
All visitor use, use for research, concession use, commercial use authorizations, and special use permits are prohibited in the areas below. 36 CFR 1.5 (a)
AREA DESCRIBED: (See Map: QuartzFire2022_Closure dated 08/18/2022)
The areas, campgrounds, and trails within Quartz Lake drainage from the Continental Divide to the Inside North Fork Road.
The Quartz Lake Loop trails starting from just south of Bowman Lake towards Quartz Lake.
These areas are all within Glacier National Park.
The closure is in order to protect the safety of park visitors and employees, and for the protection of the park’s natural resources due to wildland fire activity caused by lightning.
- This Order shall be in effect at 1600 on Thursday, August 18th, 2022 and shall remain in effect until further notice.
- This Order supersedes, rescinds, and replaces any previous orders prohibiting the same acts covered by this order.
- Any violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for individuals and/or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months.