Glacier Rim Fire 70 Percent Contained, Grows to 100 Acres
The Glacier Rim Fire north of Columbia Falls grew to over 100 acres in the past few days. Fire Information Officer Ellen Blickhan says the fire broke through a containment line over the Independence Day weekend.
"Fourth of July we actually had a wind event with a little bit of rain but mainly wind coming from the east which did create a flop-over over the containment line," Blickhan said. "We had about a 25 acre what we call a flop-over, so it was additional fire."
Cooler temperatures on Sunday and Monday helped firefighters bring the fire back to 70 percent containment in a short amount of time.
"We're just working to reinforce those lines on the south flank of the fire," Blickhan said. "At this point, the fire is not threatening any structures, but the county has contacted residents nearby, talked to people about planning if there was to be a worst case scenario an evacuation."
Blickman says that there are currently no evacuation orders in place.