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Re: Fire

Postby dpratt » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:00 pm

According to a Twitter post shared by the Beacon, the Waterton visitor center was destroyed by the fire today. There was a before/after photo as well.
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Re: Fire

Postby dpratt » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:01 pm

mattB wrote:This file won't load for me....


It is a Google Earth map, so if you don't have that installed it may not work.

Try this one - http://gis.dnrc.mt.gov/apps/firemap/
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Re: Fire

Postby trevbo » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:05 pm

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Re: Fire

Postby akamina3 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:16 pm

Sorry about the map link not working. Please try here (and scroll down):

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/securite-safety/feu-fire-kenow

Trevbo, thanks for posting the map.
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Re: Fire

Postby akamina3 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:38 pm

Many of you will have seen the Prince of Wales Hotel on the cliffs overlooking Waterton.

At present, there are 50 firefighters and 3 fire engines from Calgary assigned to try to save the iconic hotel. So far, it is working. The visitor center at Bear's Hump was destroyed earlier today -- and it was only a few hundred yards from the Prince of Wales Hotel.

A tremendous effort is being made to save the town. Sadly, many structures outside the town have already been lost to the fire.

The fire ran 10 miles in just a few hours yesterday.
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Re: Fire

Postby trevbo » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:44 pm

Amazed by the growth in size... i haven't seen the size of the fire (area) reported accurately in the media but the parks map states a 33,000 ha (>80,000 acre) increase in 1 day... it was about 8,000 ha on Sept. 11th so that puts it around 40,000+ ha in size (~100,000 acres).
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Re: Fire

Postby llholmes1948 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:58 am

Thanks to everyone who has posted updates and maps. Pretty serious situation.

http://flatheadbeacon.com/2017/09/12/wi ... onal-park/
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Re: Fire

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Re: Fire

Postby trevbo » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:06 am

Hopefully today's precip slows things down... the fire has the potential to run south into Glacier if it jumps the ridge at Cameron lake (it's just north of chapman and Custer right now... or could run down towards kintla Lake too).
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Re: Fire

Postby llholmes1948 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:59 am

Link to an article on the fire in the Great Falls Tribune with some impressive photos. Those 52 firefighters stationed at the Prince of Wales hotel did a great job as well as the firefighters who protected the rest of the town:

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/ ... 674283001/
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Re: Fire

Postby tibber » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:54 am

llholmes1948 wrote:Link to an article on the fire in the Great Falls Tribune with some impressive photos. Those 52 firefighters stationed at the Prince of Wales hotel did a great job as well as the firefighters who protected the rest of the town:
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/ ... 674283001/

Just WOW! Great article; thx for sharing.
We were there before and after our Boulder Pass backpack and stayed at the Wales on our return. We also did the drive to Red Rock Canyon and Cameron Lake on Aug 13th. I filmed a lot of the drives so it will be interesting to see how it looks now.
I film a lot of my scenic drives and it's been a couple times now that fires have burned parts of them like GTTSR around Sunrift Gorge etc. I really noticed the difference on this drive of the GTTSR around the Sunrift area as though it burned, your views sure have opened up but around the Gorge, that is too bad.
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Re: Fire

Postby akamina3 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:58 pm

Waterton is open again (sort of).

You can only drive to and enter the townsite, and drive the highway up to the Chief Mountain border crossing. Everything else remains closed -- including the other roads and all hiking trails.

We plan on heading to Waterton this weekend.
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Re: Fire

Postby teapot57 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:52 am

We plan on heading to Waterton this weekend.


Would love to hear about your trip, so hope you can report back.
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Re: Fire

Postby NWOhioJeff » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:57 am

I feel VERY fortunate to have camped/hiked in Waterton before the fire - was one of the highlights of my trip to GNP..... Took many awesome pics just before labor day weekend... Hoping for a speedy recovery
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Re: Fire

Postby tibber » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:43 pm

a great story about how they saved the Prince: http://www.glacierparkinc.com/connect-w ... ide-the-b/

Sept 11: By late that night, the fire was knocking on the hotel’s door, with flames in the area reaching 400 feet into the sky.
...there were embers the size of baseballs that were landing on the roof of the hotel. At one point, the fire was 50 yards away.

The pictures of the results of the fire on other websites are truly astonishing; especially as viewed from the Prince.
Haven't seen any pics from the Akamina or Red Rock Cany Parkways or Cameron Lake etc.

I did put together a trip report and photoset from our drive of these Parkways in August along with some of the photos I picked up on the web from the Kenow fire https://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=46990
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