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Wildfire Burns 500 Acres in Glacier National Park

Thompson Fire was reported shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday about eight miles from Nyack

Update: Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.

A wildfire has reportedly burned 500 acres of land near the Thompson Creek drainage in the heart of Glacier National Park.

The fire was first reported shorty after 3 p.m. Sunday and at least one helicopter was battling the blaze, according to Flathead National Forest Public Information Officer Ema Braunberger. A Type 3 incident management team is being brought in to fight the fire.

The fire is located near Mount Thompson, about 8 miles north of Nyack and U.S. Highway 2.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

This is the second major fire of the year reported in the park. The Reynolds Creek Fire has burned more than 4,000 acres of land on the east side of the park. As of Aug. 9 it was 67 percent contained.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.