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The burned continues to be of the Fork Creek Cabin


News Release Date: July 28, 2020

Get hold of: Gina Kerzman, 406-888-5838

WEST GLACIER, Mont. [July 28, 2020] – Glacier Countrywide Park and Flathead Crimestoppers are asking the support of the public in offering information and facts on many suspected arson fires started in the North Fork location of Glacier Countrywide Park last 7 days. The North Fork Landowners Association is giving a reward of up to $10,000 for information and facts primary to the arrest of any one dependable for the fires.   

Early in the morning of July 23, a area resident woke rangers at Polebridge Ranger Station reporting a close by fire. Later on, the Numa Ridge hearth lookout claimed smoke in the vicinity of Ford Creek. Rangers and NPS fire crews eventually identified a whole of 8 fireplace web-sites along the Inside of North Fork Street in between Logging Creek and Kintla Lake. Most had begun in dry logs or brush, but 1 fireplace wrecked a historic structure. All the fires were extinguished soon just after getting identified. 

The historic Ford Creek patrol cabin was a complete loss when rangers arrived on scene. The cabin was developed as a “snowshoe cabin” in 1928 and has been applied for many years for winter season backcountry patrols. The construction was outlined in the National Sign up of Historic Sites as owning architectural and historic importance, exemplifying the rustic architecture of early park backcountry buildings, and the record of Glacier Nationwide Park’s growth and administration. The cabin site is somewhere around 8 miles north of Polebridge on the Inside North Fork Highway. 

On the night of July 22, suspicious fires had been also noted at the Glacier Gateway Elementary school and at the Summit Mountain Lodge at Marias Go.  Fire investigators are performing together to see if all those fires could be related. 

Any one witnessing suspicious action on the night of July 22 or early morning of July 23 in the Polebridge or North Fork place is encouraged to call Flathead Crimestoppers at 406-752-Recommendations (8477).  All phone calls continue to be anonymous. Glacier Nationwide Park also has a idea line established, 406-888-7077, if you would like to speak with a park ranger. 

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