"The fire is moving quickly in dry, heavy timber with extreme spread potential," the park service said in a
Glacier National Park fire forces evacuations
Quick-moving fire broke out Tuesday afternoon
UPDATED 9:38 PM CDT Jul 22, 2015
The fire in Glacier National Park in Montana has doubled in size to 4,000 acres and forced new evacuations, according to park officials.
The Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire, which started Tuesday afternoon near Grizzly Point on the east side of the park, was located Wednesday about 10 miles from the St. Mary Visitor Center along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and moving in a northwest direction.
Several backpackers in the vicinity of the fire were located and escorted to safety. Park rangers and firefighting personnel will keep searching for backcountry hikers in the area.
On Wednesday, the park service said evacuations have been ordered on the west side of St. Mary Lake and evacuations on the east side are expected.
The St. Mary Visitor Center closed at noon Wednesday so it could be used as a fire staging area. The St. Mary Campground, which has about 148 sites, was evacuated Wednesday, park officials said.
The Rising Sun Motor Inn, operated by Glacier National Park Lodges, and the Rising Sun Campground were both evacuated Tuesday night.
The historic Bering Creek Cabin has been lost to fire. No other structures were reported damaged.
On Wednesday, visitors were allowed to retrieve vehicles left along the Going-to-the-Sun Road because of the fire. One vehicle was destroyed by fire.2,000-Acre Glacier National Park Wildfire Prompts Multiple Evacuations; Road Closed, Car Burned - weather.com:
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