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#9673 - 07/30/07 05:51 PM Skyland Fire (Glacier Park) Update
Tony Bynum Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 02/19/05
Loc: Montana
Here's an update to the large and growing wildfire along the south east boarder of Glacier Park. Hwy two will be closed periodically so plan accordingly. . .

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/877/

This fire is just a couple miles now from my house and I'm on the local fire department. I will try to post an update as soon as I can, but it might be a day or two.

The smoke is thick and likely will remain so for many days to come.

State II fire restrictions started today, so NO fires!

Tony



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#9674 - 08/01/07 03:41 AM Re: Skyland Fire (Glacier Park) Update [Re: Tony Bynum]
Tony Bynum Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 02/19/05
Loc: Montana
The fire's growing. . . there's a number of new ones both north south and east of the park. the east side was mostly smoked out this afternoon evening. long delays on hwy 2. Look for more of the same.

I'm back on the fire tomorrow - pray!
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#9675 - 08/01/07 06:42 AM Re: Skyland Fire (Glacier Park) Update [Re: Tony Bynum]
Tony Bynum Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 02/19/05
Loc: Montana
Summary

Tuesday 4 PM update - The fire is doing what was predicted. The fire is not progressing north or east significantly. At the head of the fire on the Blackfeet reservation, it has entered a more sparse fuel type and has stalled out at least temporarily. The fire is at least 6 miles from Hwy 2 at the east end of the fire. Hwy 2 will re-open for two way unescorted traffic by 6 PM tonight. There will be speed restrictions in the area of the fire, and traffic will be stopped near Marias Pass while helicopters are working in that area. The latest acre figure is 16,050 acres. The large jump in acres is due to yesterday's growth, and more accurate mapping. Growth today was minimal, at least at the time of this report.

The fire was active yesterday on all fronts, which was expected. Crews had a control burn out on a 3/4 mile stretch of Hwy 2 north of Skyland road. That, combined with the normal burning put a lot of smoke ito the air. The highway will serve as a fire break in that area. The fire has extended it's reach to Dog Gun Lake on the Black Feet reservations western boundary. Residents along the Heart Butte Cutoff Road between the Two Medicine River and Little Badger Creek were recommended to evacuate by the Blackfeet Disaster Planning Group. They were notified previously of that possiblity.

The fire is about 2 1/2 miles from the Heart Butte Cutoff road. The fire is between one to two miles wide, and roughly 11 miles long from being driven by the wind the last 3 days. It is moving easterly and further away from Hwy 2 and East Glacier. Cooler weather is expected today. This should make fire suppression easier and the fire not as intense. This will allow firefighters to get in closer to the fire and take direct action. The fire was 8,550 acres yesterday morning and is now estimated at over 10,000 acres. This fire is the #1 priority fire in the western US, which makes getting resources easier. More people and equipment are arriving daily.
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#9676 - 08/02/07 09:29 PM Re: Skyland Fire (Glacier Park) Update [Re: Tony Bynum]
James Morrissey Offline
I
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Hey Tony,

How are things moving along?

-James
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#9677 - 08/03/07 01:19 PM Re: Skyland Fire (Glacier Park) Update [Re: James Morrissey]
Tony Bynum Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 02/19/05
Loc: Montana
today, Friday, the eastern side of the park is completely smoked out! The smoke is THICK and nasty! However, it changes throughout the day. The wind shifts and the smoke clears sometimes in minutes. Right now it just happens to be blowing on east glacier and to the north.

The fire will burn until the snow/rain put it out, but it looks to me like we saved all the structures. That could change if the weather changes. East Glacier so far is safe as well.

see webcam of west side lake mcdonald.

http://www.nps.gov/archive/glac/webcams/mcdcam.htm


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#9678 - 08/03/07 01:29 PM Re: Skyland Fire (Glacier Park) Update [Re: Tony Bynum]
jamesdak Offline
Old hand

Registered: 07/04/06
Loc: Eden (no really!)
We left out Wed. and the whole 4 day trip was affected by smoke from the fire. The only really blue sky we saw was Wed. morning at Many Glaciers when cool weather, wind and clouds cleared the sky. I finally get good shooting conditions but had to leave, just my luck! It's not just Glacier that's affected though. We never really got out of the smoke haze until well into Idaho.
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#9679 - 08/04/07 04:14 PM Re: Skyland Fire (Glacier Park) Update [Re: jamesdak]
Tony Bynum Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 02/19/05
Loc: Montana
The fire grew yesterday, with 40mph winds. the smoke and ash is horrible. the fire is not in the park, but it's causing a bit of trouble. also, the fires on the west side are helping to add to the smoke problem. mostly the smoke settles in in the morning and evening. here's an afternoon shot of east glacier park and the fire. The first shot was at about 5 or so, the second was just a couple hours later and taken looking west instead of south east. the fire is NOT in the park, but the smoke rolling in from the west side combined with the clouds made it interesting. . .




you can see here the webcams for the park. http://www.nps.gov/archive/glac/webcams/tmcam.htm

the smoke is not too bad at times on the east side. if we have a south west wind, things are fine even though the fire is only a few miles away. if we get a south east or southerly wind, it rains ash on the east glacier park and the east side, like it did last night. . . This shot was taken looking north west from east glacier up the lawn of the lodge. WB was set to daylight so that the colors would be accurate. this was at about 7:30 pm. . .



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#9680 - 08/05/07 03:50 AM Re: Skyland Fire (Glacier Park) Update [Re: Tony Bynum]
James Morrissey Offline
I
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Hey Tony,

Thanks for the updates. Please keep them up. I find them very interesting. I hope all is well.

James
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#9681 - 08/05/07 01:26 PM Re: Skyland Fire (Glacier Park) Update [Re: James Morrissey]
Tony Bynum Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 02/19/05
Loc: Montana
EAST Glacier park, now is under a stage one evacuation alert. For those that dont know, stage one is the early "be thinking about it," stage - I'm not doing anything different.

Two is get ready, and three is get the heck out now!

Unless the winds really change we still are safe from fire, just pray that it does not come to town, or we will be in big, big trouble!
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www.glacierparkphotographer.com



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#9682 - 08/05/07 02:13 PM Re: Skyland Fire (Glacier Park) Update [Re: Tony Bynum]
PossumCorner Offline
Old hand

Registered: 12/18/05
Loc: Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne, A...
Quote:

... Two is get ready, and three is get the heck out now!...



And it is never convenient. We live in a regular bushfire area, nothing close to us the last couple of years. Before that we had to follow the evacuation order three times over three years. Never super-prepared somehow: just got all the pets, computer and some paper-work into the cars, chickens and bunnies in boxes on a trailer, and 'camped' with distant family for a few days. Luckily never lost anything, once had the fire on the fenceline just a few yards from the house but the wind changed in our favour.

I hope it doesn't come closer to you Tony, it really is distressing, the climate change problems are bad enough without all this loss of habitat and pressure on the wildlife.
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www.sherbrookephotography.smugmug.com

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