Man dies after falling in GNP, fires under investigation
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News from Glacier National Park
MONTANA – A climbing accident resulted in a fatality when a 20-year-old male fell from a ridge known as the Dragon’s Tail in Glacier National Park on Tuesday, July 22.
The Dragon’s Tail is a steep, off-trail climbing route southwest of Mount Reynolds near Logan Pass. The climber fell several hundred feet toward Hidden Lake, around 7:30 p.m.
Search and rescue efforts began immediately after Glacier National Park dispatchers received the report of his fall. Two Bear Air located the man, determined he was deceased and recovered the body.
In other news, Glacier National Park is currently investigating several fire starts in the North Fork area. All fires are contained and do not pose a threat.
Park officials received a report of multiple wildland fires early Thursday morning, which led to a multi-agency response from local county, state and federal agencies consisting of wildland fire crews, hotshot crews, engine crews and law enforcement.
One of the fires included the historic 1928 Ford Creek patrol cabin used by rangers for winter patrols. The structure is a total loss. The fires are suspicious in nature and currently under investigation. Several investigators are on the ground, along with the FBI and NPS-Investigative Services Branch assisting remotely.
Portions of the park are closed due to the investigation, including Inside North Fork Road from Polebridge to Logging Creek and Kintla Road beyond the Bowman Lake turnoff.
If members of the public witnessed any suspicious activity on the night of July 22 or early morning of July 23, they are encouraged to call the Glacier NP tip line at 406-888-7077 and leave a message.
Glacier would like to thank the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, US Forest Service Hungry Horse and Tally Lake Districts, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, the Evergreen Fire Department and the North Fork community residents for their assistance.