US-2 is OPEN! Pilot Cars Leading Traffic through Fire Area
The Sheep Fire is about 2.5 miles south of Essex in the Great Bear Wilderness of Flathead National Forest. It is now estimated at 428 acres, burning in very steep, difficult terrain with limited access. The fire spread northeast toward the Middle Fork and was about ½ mile from US Hwy 2.
The Granite Fire is west of Marias Pass and south of Hwy. 2 in the Great Bear Wilderness. It is now 176 acres, burning in very steep terrain in a mixed conifer forest below a ridge. Crews have implemented structure protection measures on several backcountry cabins and trailhead structures and a wooden road bridge. Crews have been encountering numerous snags that need to be dealt with for safety before line construction. The Granite Creek Trail (#156) is closed.
The Spruce Fire is about 5 miles south of U.S. 2 at Bear Creek in the Great Bear Wilderness. Three smokejumpers and a 20-person crew worked on establishing control lines to contain this 3-acre fire. Crews expect to reach 100% containment today. Spruce Park cabin is a special concern on this fire.
The Thompson Fire is now estimated at 14,095 acres, and is located in a remote south-central backcountry area of Glacier National Park about 15 miles east of the West Glacier entrance in the Thompson and Nyack drainage and west of the Continental Divid. Crews have made significant progress mopping up some edges from burnout operations earlier in the week to contain the fire. One 20 person crew is scheduled to be flown out today. The fire remains west of the Divide and poses no threat to communities around East Glacier and St. Mary.