Landowners along Glacier National Park’s northern border are offering a $10,000 reward for information about a string of suspected arson fires.
At least eight fires were reported near Glacier National Park’s northwestern entrance on the morning of July 23 in Montana. The first fire was reported by residents near a ranger station, while staff at the lookout tower on Numa Ridge reported the second near Ford Creek, south of Kintla Lake, according to the Missoulian.
Fire crews ended up finding eight fires along the Inside North Fork Road between Logging Creek and Kintla Lake, according to Glacier National Park spokeswoman Gina Kerzman.
One fire destroyed the historic Ford Creek Adminsitravie cabin which was built in 1928.
Several fires started early Thursday morning in the North Fork area and are under investigation. The historic Ford Creek patrol cabin was burned.
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Two other suspicious fires were reported on July 22, one at the Glacier Gateway Elementary School, and the other close to the Summit Mountain Lodge at Marias Pass, according to the Missoulian. Investigators are working to see if the incidents are related to the North Fork fires.
“Anyone witnessing suspicious activity on the night of July 22 or early morning of July 23 in the Polebridge or North Fork area is encouraged to call Flathead Crimestoppers at 406-752-TIPS (8477). All calls remain anonymous. Glacier National Park also has a tip line established, 406-888-7077.” — The Missoulian
The North Fork Landowners Association is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for the fires.