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Howe Ridge Fire

Unit Information

Glacier National Park
National Park Service
PO Box 128 West Glacier Montana 59936
West Glacier, MT 59936

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This is the final inciweb update on the Howe Ridge Fire. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 5 will transfer management responsibility of the fire to a Type 4 team effective 1800 this Friday, September 28th.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 11th, 2018 approx. 07:15 PM
LocationApproximately 9 miles from West Glacier, MT
Incident CommanderJoe Sampson,IMT2 Team 5
Coordinates48.643 latitude, -113.916 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel43
Size14,522 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained79%
Estimated Containment DateThursday November 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

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.

Significant Events

**This is the final update on this fire unless there is significant change in the days ahead** Unburned fuels are resistant to burning. Fire continues to creep and smolder in heavy dead and down and deep duff layers in the cedar/hemlock flats of McDonald Valley and in mixed conifer areas in Camas Creek drainage and on Howe Ridge.


Planned Actions

Patrol and monitor the inside North Fork Road and the Lake McDonald Creek Trail. Monitor fire on the Camas Ridge. Maintain pumps, sprinklers, and hose lay between McDonald Creek Ranger Station and the footbridge on McDonald Creek as needed.

Projected Incident Activity

24 hours: Mostly clear into tomorrow before becoming partly cloudy with less than 10% chance of a wetting rain. Max temperatures will be 62-67 degrees and minimum RHs will be at 30-35%. Fire behavior is anticipated as minimal and no additional growth is expected.


Transfer of command to Sampson's IMT2 occurred at 1800 on Sept. 18.

The Going to the Sun Road is open 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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather as of 3pm on 9/25:

Temp: 64 degrees

RH 34%

Winds: SW at 4 mph, gusts to 14 mph. No precipitation received today.

Forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions, with less than a 10% chance of precipitation. Overnight temperatures will be 32-37 degrees with RHs at 80%.

Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with less than 10% chance of precipitation. Max temperatures tomorrow will be 62-67 degrees with RHs at 30-35% and winds SW 5-12 mph.