On the evening of August 11, lightning ignited a fire on Howe Ridge, northwest of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. On Sunday, August 12, windy and dry conditions fueled the fire to rapidly expand. Evacuation orders were issued for the North Lake McDonald road, Lake McDonald Lodge area, Sprague Creek and Avalanche Campgrounds and the Going-to-the-Sun road from the foot of Lake McDonald to Logan Pass (32 miles). On Sunday, August 19, an additional evacuation order was issued for the Fish Creek Campground.
Areas of the fire are visible from some park webcams, depending on weather conditions and fire behavior. Webcams can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm he majority of Glacier National Park is open and not affected by the fire. Open areas include Apgar, Two Medicine, St. Mary, Many Glacier and the North Fork.
Video of the September 4th community meeting is available at https://youtu.be/Vcn-br-QV9A
A story map of the progression of the fire is available at http://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=25498813ba044f548c2315e9eb6d2d22
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday August 11th, 2018 approx. 07:15 PM|
|Location||Approximately 9 miles from West Glacier, MT|
|Incident Commander||Mike Goicoechea’s Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team 1|
|Coordinates||48.643 latitude, -113.916 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||42%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday November 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)
Closed Timber Litter
Primarily burning in heavy lodgepole regeneration from the 2003 Robert Fire. Heavy fuel loading of 1000-hour dead/downed fuels and a substantial amount of large standing dead timber.
Minimal, Creeping, and Smoldering
Fire continues to mainly see creeping and smoldering in areas of dry dead and down and deep duff layers in the cedar/hemlock flats of McDonald Valley.
Patrol and monitor the Inside North Fork Road and the Lake McDonald Creek Trail. Suppress and mop up fire that reaches Inside North Fork Road. Monitor fire on Camas Ridge. Mop up hot spots near residences as safety permits.
|Projected Incident Activity|
24 hours: Beginning of another set of wet storms will keep fire behavior minimal. No additional growth is expected.
Going to the Sun Road has opened to general public traffic. The North Lake McDonald Road, Inside North Fork Road-between Logging Creek and Fish Creek, and the Fish Creek Roads remain closed due to activity from the fire.
Forecast Weather for Wednesday Day Shift:
Sky/Wx: Increasing clouds. A chance of light, non-wetting rain showers late on the shift
Winds: Northeast 8-13 mph, gusts to near 20 mph. Strongest in the late afternoon
Max Temp: 62F
Min RH: 42%
A northeast wind will prevail over the fire area on Wednesday and Wednesday evening. Clouds will gradually increase in response to a weak disturbance approaching from the Pacific Northwest. This will eventually lead to a few non-wetting showers beginning on Wednesday night.
Showers will increase further on Thursday as a cold front passes, with a better chance of wetting rain then. The front will cause a gradual increase in southwest wind as well. A thunderstorm is possible late Thursday, with the better chance of thunder over the Boundary Fire.