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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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Howe Ridge Fire Update 9-19-18

Howe Ridge Fire Wildfire
News – 9/19/2018

Recorded Fire Information: 406-888-7077
Fire Information: 406-578-8256 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Website: Howe:
Glacier National Park Information: 406-888-7800,
Special Note: Yesterday, as of 6:00 pm, Joe Sampson’s Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 5 took command of the Howe Ridge and Boundary fires.

Weather: This morning will start partly cloudy with increasing cloud cover throughout the day. There is a chance for light rain in the late afternoon and evening. Temperatures will range from 54-62 degrees in the Flathead Valley and 42-52 degrees at the Boundary Fire. Northeast winds will remain at 8-13 mph, gusting up to 20 mph. Minimum relative humidity will range from 42-50% in the Flathead Valley, and 55-70% at the Boundary Fire. The next few days will bring increasing chances of wetting rain to the fires.

The Flathead National Forest will be conducting prescribed burning in the North Fork area on National Forest land. Residents and visitors should be aware that they may see smoke in this area from the prescribed burning.

Howe Ridge Statistics
Location: NW side of Lake McDonald
Start date: August 11, 2018
Size: 14,522 ac. Containment: 39%
Cause: Lightning Injuries: 0
Estimated cost: $12.1 Million
Structures Lost
Residence: 13
Minor Structures: 14
Crews: 2 Engines: 2
Personnel: 134
Crews: 1 Personnel: 3


The majority of Glacier National Park is open. The Howe Ridge fire is burning in less than 1% of Glacier’s 1 million acres. The temporary closure area for public safety and fire suppression access is less than 5% of the park.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road has reopened to private vehicle travel between Apgar and Logan Pass. It is now possible to drive the entire length of the road. Drivers will not be able to stop along the road between Lake McDonald Lodge and the Avalanche Creek developed area. Avalanche is open for day use recreation, including day use areas, restrooms, the Trail of the Cedars, and the Avalanche Lake Trail. Flattop Trail and The Loop Trail have also reopened.

Closures: The North Lake McDonald road is closed as well as the Inside North Fork Road from Fish Creek to Logging Creek due to the Howe Ridge Fire. Trail closures are associated with the Howe Ridge and Boundary fires; full trail closures are reflected on the park’s website at: