“This season, marks one of the driest any can recall,” RAF officials reported. “The Ryan Airfield is completely brown and the potential for fire is extremely high. Due to these unusual conditions, the airstrip and camping areas will be closed until conditions improve.”
The airstrip was marked with Xs at both ends on July 3, while the road entry gate was posted with signage indicating the temporary closure.
Ryan Field is a private airstrip co-owned by the RAF and Ben and Butchie Ryan. It is one mile southeast of West Glacier, Mont., and is depicted on the Great Falls Sectional Chart. It is open to pilots with the requirement that each pilot request and receive a current safety briefing on an annual basis, according to RAF officials.
The field features eight tie-down spots plus other parking areas, a camping shelter with wood cook stove and wood supply, as well as a large outdoor BBQ with grill and numerous picnic tables. Pilots who use the facility are encourage to make a donation of $10 a night to RAF to cover the field’s expenses.
According to RAF officials, conditions are the airfield will be “monitored closely,” with its reopening announced on the association’s website and by email to its members.