The Quartz Fire in Glacier Park is becoming a nuisance. As of this evening, it is estimated at 500 acres, up from 150 yesterday. Here’s the word from the Quartz Fire InciWeb site . . .
The Quartz Fire continued to grow today due to east northeast winds. Progression slowed since yesterday, but fire behavior remained active. The fire is currently estimated at 500 acres – fire managers have requested an infrared flight tonight in hopes of getting more accurate mapping which was not possible today due to smoke.
Firefighters have initiated structure and area protection for the Quartz Lake Patrol Cabin, Quartz Lake Wilderness Campground, and a footbridge at the foot of Quartz Lake.
Glacier National Park has enacted a closure order for the areas, campgrounds, and trails within the Quartz Lake drainage from the Continental Divide to the Inside North Fork Road for the protection of park visitors, employees, and natural resources. This includes the Quartz Lake Loop trails starting from just south of Bowman Lake toward Quartz Lake, as well as the Quartz Lake and Lower Quartz Lake Wilderness Campgrounds.