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Howe Ridge Fire

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

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Howe Ridge Fire Update 8-20-18

Howe Ridge Fire Wildfire
News – 8/20/2018

Recorded Fire Information: 406-888-7077

Glacier National Park Information: 406-888-7800

Media/Fire Information: 406-578-8256




Twitter: @GlacierNPS

Location of Origin: Northwest of Lake

McDonald in Glacier National Park,

Approximately 9 miles from

West Glacier, MT

Start date: August 11, 2018

Size: 7,835 acres

Percent Contained: 0

Cause: Lightning

Howe Ridge Fire

August 20, 2018

A weather system in the area will continue to produce erratic winds, impacting fire behavior though Monday. The weather system is predicted to bring slightly cooler temperatures and possible showers and thunderstorms, but the frontal passage will increase winds and cause shifts in wind direction. However, cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity will benefit fire suppression efforts.

With the use of heavy equipment such as masticators, firefighters continue to secure the southwestern flank of the fire near the Inner North Fork Road. Crews will continue to implement structure protection in the Fish Creek Campground area with the use of sprinkler systems, while utilizing hotshot crews to create and secure containment lines. On the northeastern flank, north of Lake McDonald, firefighters are utilizing pumps and hose lays to aid in suppression efforts and limit fire spread towards the Going-to-the-Sun Road, while patrolling areas where the fire is less active. Fire Managers will continue to proactively plan for protection of other areas as the fire progresses and assure objectives align with the management action plan.

Due to fire activity, all campers, NPS employees, and the Fish Creek Ranger Station residence have been ordered to evacuate the Fish Creek Campground. Fish Creek Campground Road is closed from the Camas Road junction.

An Evacuation Warningfrom the Quarter Circle Bridge Road north has been issued. This includes Apgar, the Grist Road, and all areas accessed from Quarter Circle Bridge Road. Trails off the Camas Road are now closed.

The Howe Ridge Fire is active on the southern and southwestern flanks of the fire with backing and flanking fire. In the evening and overnight, the fire has been driven by down-valley winds in heavy dead fuels, primarily from the 2003 Robert Fire. Isolated single tree torching was observed within the fire perimeter, but spotting did not contribute to fire growth.


The Fish Creek Campground area is now under an evacuation order. Evacuation orders remain in place for the North Lake McDonald road (private residences and the Lake McDonald Ranger Station), Lake McDonald Lodge area (all businesses, employees, and private residences), private residences along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and Sprague Creek and Avalanche Campgrounds.

Road and Trail Closures: The Going-to-the-Sun Road remains open between St. Mary and Logan Pass. It is closed between the foot of Lake McDonald (near Apgar) and Logan Pass. The Inside North Fork Road and the Fish Creek Road are closed. Multiple trail closures are associated with this fire. As of Sunday Morning, all trails off of the Camas Road are closed. Please see full trail closures on the park’s website:

Fire Restrictions: Glacier National Park and most of western Montana are under Stage II Fire Restrictions. No campfires will be permitted in Glacier’s frontcountry or backcountry. Smoking is also prohibited except within an enclosed building, vehicle, developed recreation area, or barren area three feet in diameter. Propane stoves that have an on/off switch are permitted.

A temporary flight restriction is in effect in the fire area.

Smoke monitoring information is available at:

Phone Update:

Fire information phone options have changed. For a recorded fire update, call (406) 888-7077.

For Glacier National Park trip planning information, visit or call (406) 888-7800.

For media or fire-specific questions, call (406) 578-8256.

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