Crews battle wildfire near glacier national park

Crews battle wildfire near glacier national park

27 June 2015

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USA —  Fire crews are battling a blaze called the Glacier Rim Fire that started Saturday near Glacier National Park.

The fire started at a gravel pit to the west of the Flathead River about 11 miles up North Fork Road. Emma Braunberger, public information officer for the Flathead National Forest, said the fire is about 30 acres in size, and is moving toward an area of heavy fuels.

Part of the fire jumped to the east side of the North Fork of the Flathead River into Glacier Park, but Braunberger said helicopters are working on that area.

“That’s their big priority right now, trying to keep the fire on the west side,” she said.

Multiple agencies are responding to the blaze, with about 50 firefighters in all, as well as two helicopters. The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office has closed North Fork Road. No structures are threatened at this time.

Braunberger said a Type III incident management team should be in place by the end of the day Saturday.

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