Fire Crews Make Gains Against North Fork Wildfire

The spot fires within Glacier National Park were mopped up

By Beacon Staff
Smoke rises from the Glacier Rim Fire early on June 30, 2015. Justin Franz | Flathead Beacon

Updated: July 1, Noon:

The Glacier Rim Fire held steady on Tuesday as firefighters continued to make gains with the help of helicopters and heavy equipment.

Crews continued to build containment line around the fire and reinforce established lines. The spot fires within Glacier National Park were mopped up and rehabbed by the crew, according to fire officials.

The human-caused fire, situated north of Columbia Falls off the North Fork Road, has burned 85 acres. It remains 30 percent contained.

There are 115 personnel battling the blaze, which is burning in a portion of the 2003 Robert Fire. The fire is being managed with full suppression tactics with public and firefighter safety as a priority, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation.

The North Fork Road is open to travel, but drivers are asked to not stop along the section of North Fork Road near the fire. Information boards have been posted and a hotline is available at 406-387-3867.

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