Sunday, September 4, 2022, 1000 hours PT

The Quartz Fire is burning in the Quartz Lake drainage in North Fork Flathead River, west of the Continental Divide, about 25 miles north of West Glacier in the Glacier National Park in Montana.

Photo taken on August 18, 2022 – Credit: Glacier NP

This wildfire was discovered and reported by the Cyclone Lookout on August 14, 2022.

Since the fire was discovered, it has grown just under 1,700 acres and most of that growth occurred from August 17 through the 19th. Some rain fell over the area during the week of August 22nd which helped with fire suppression.

Today, the fire remains at 1,698 acres of timber litter and understory consumed. There is an unknown containment status at the time of this post.

About 35 total personnel are assigned.

Management of the wildfire is under the direction of IC: G. Bartin, a Type 3 ICT.

Cultural resources, like the Quartz Lake Patrol Cabin, are wrapped. This cabin is located 2 miles from the Quartz Fire – Credit: NPS

Structure protection is in effect for Quartz Lake Patrol Cabin, the footbridge across the Quartz Lake outlet, and the Quartz Lake wilderness campground.

The cause of this wildfire was due to a lightning strike.

The Flat Mineral Fire, located in the Flattop Mountain area above Mineral Creek in Glacier National Park, had no activity on Saturday. The Swiftcurrent Lookout will continue monitoring the fire.

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