Wildfire Incident Information
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Fire Status
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Last Updated
16 mins, 4 secs ago
Fire Start
Sunday, August 14, 2022 11:19 AM MDT
Incident #
2022-MTGNP-000462
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PROTECTION - OWNER: GNP - GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. CNTY: FLATHEAD. RESP: GLACIER NP LIMITED, NONWLDNSS
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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 1 week ago

Incident Photo for the Quartz Fire

The Cyclone Lookout detected the Quartz Fire in Glacier National Park on August 14. The fire is located west of the Continental Divide in the Quartz Creek drainage below Vulture Peak. The fire is burning in steep terrain in subalpine fir and brush south of Quartz Lake.

Since the fire was detected, it has grown to over 1900 acres. Much of that growth occurred August 17th through 19th. The fire received over ¾” of rain the week of August 22, which limited fire activity and growth.

Fire behavior increased September 7th with the passage of a strong cold front, with uphill runs and group tree torching. Conditions abated on September 8th with cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels. The fire is creeping and smoldering, consuming dead and down fuels, with occasional single tree torching. The fire remains in the Quartz Lake Basin.

Crews have structure protection in place at the Quartz Lake Patrol Cabin, the footbridge across the Quartz Lake outlet, and the Quartz Lake wilderness campground.

A Type 4 incident management organization will take command of the Quartz Fire on Saturday, September 17. This will be the last update unless significant activity occurs.

Aerial observations of the fire show a mixed severity burn pattern, meaning that areas within the fire perimeter burned at different intensities. The Quartz Fire so far has resulted in some understory burning in less intense areas, and other areas with a higher burn intensity where most of the mature trees were burned.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Lightning
Date of Origin
Sunday, August 14, 2022 10:15 AM MDT
Location
Quartz Lake drainage; North Fork Flathead River
Incident Commander
G. Bartin, Type 3 Incident Commander / K. Airhart, trainee
Coordinates
48.854, -114.025

Current Situation

Total Personnel
20
Size (Acres)
1,981
Fuels Involved
Timber (litter and understory)

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Continue to evaluate fire spread and values at risk. Continue structure preparation and point protection.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Info Recording
Email: glac_fire_line@nps.gov
Phone: 406-206-6099
Hours: 24 hours
Fire Unit Information
Glacier National Park
National Park Service
PO Box 128 West Glacier Montana 59936
West Glacier, MT 59936

Dispatch Center Contact

Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center (MT-KIC)

Kalispell, MT

406-758-5260

https://gacc.nifc.gov/nrcc/dc/mtkic/