Thompson-Divide Complex evening update, Aug 17, 7pm

Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park backcountry, Aug. 16, 2015
Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park backcountry, Aug. 16, 2015

Here are the highlights of the Thompson-Divide Complex evening update for Friday, August 17. The “Thompson-Divide Complex” is mostly the Thompson Fire, plus a couple of smaller ones just outside Glacier Park that the current incident management team is also handling now. Fire crews are stretched thin at present . . .

Thompson Fire Glacier National Park

Link to Fire Information: (406) 314-1669 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Approximate Size: 13,680 acres

Containment: 0% Latitude 48.551, Longitude -113.613

Fire Update: The Thompson Fire, reported Aug. 9, 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 drainages west of the Continental Divide.

Crews remained camped out and worked in the Nyack Creek drainage today. They did a burning operation to reduce fuels in avalanche chutes on the west side of the fire’s perimeter to contain the fire. Tomorrow they plan to do some cleanup of the burnout operation. Fire personnel in the Two Medicine and Cut Bank drainages will monitor for any fire that might cross to the east-side of the Continental Divide. The fire remains west of the Divide and poses no threat to communities around East Glacier and St. Mary.