Cool, wet weather prompts decision
It's summer again: As of Saturday, you can go to Glacier National Park and fire up the barbecue.
Park officials lifted fire restrictions that banned open flames throughout the park after it was blanketed with rain and cool temperatures Friday and Saturday. In 24 hours during those two days, Scalplock Lookout received 1.01 inches of rain, St. Mary 0.75, West Glacier 0.45 inches and Huckleberry and Numa lookouts 0.54 inches.
Visitors are now allowed to have campfires and charcoal fires in roadside campgrounds and picnic areas. Stoves and campfires (where permitted) are allowed again in backcountry campsites, and smoking is allowed throughout the park. Limits on backcountry stays and boating and bans on off-trail hiking are lifted.
However, fires continue to burn in the park, though they're showing little activity. The Parke Peak Fire is at 2,100 acres, and the Sharon Fire is 450 acres. Two one-acre fires, the Loggerhead and Naomi Fires, are also quiet. However, because of these fires, all trails and backcountry campsites in the Logging and Quartz Creek drainages are closed.
For information on fires in the park, call (406) 888-7800 or see the Web site at www.nps.gov/glac.