Glacier National Park officials just released a statement regarding the recent wildfire that burned 5 square miles in the park. According to the statement, initial evidence suggests the fire may have been started by a park visitor.

Park officials stated that the Reynolds Creek Fire may have been human-caused but did not elaborate in their statement (released on July 29). They are asking for additional information from recreationists who were in the Reynolds Creek area and the nearby Backcountry Campground between July 14 and July 21.

The fire started in the Reynolds Creek area on July 21 and quickly spread north of Lower St. Mary Lake, leading to the closure of 18 miles of Going-to-the-Sun Road. Park officials re-opened part of that road today, allowing access to Logan Pass.

Park visitors that were hiking in the area of Reynolds Creek on the Gunsight Pass Trail or anyone who may have been staying in or hiking through the Reynolds Creek Backcountry Campground, from July 14 - July 21, are encouraged to call 888-653-0009 or email