Glacier National Park
National Park Service
PO Box 128 West Glacier Montana 59936
West Glacier, MT 59936
Howe Ridge Fire Update
Saturday, September 22, 2018; 8:30 am
Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 5
Joe Sampson, Incident Commander
Fire Information: 406-578-8256 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Recorded Fire Information Line: 406-888-7077
Weather: Today will be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the 50’s, but in the afternoon, a cold front will be drop down from Canada. This will bring in southwest winds of 7-12 mph, gusting up to 25 mph.
Howe Ridge Fire Statistics: Location, NW side of Lake McDonald; Start Date, August 11th; Size, 14,522 acres; Containment, 53%; Cause, Lightning; Injuries, 2; Estimated cost, $12.8 million; Residence structures lost, 13; Minor structures lost, 14, Crew Resources, 2; Engine Resources, 1; Personnel Resources, 135.
Howe Ridge Fire: Today, crews will continue hauling out suppression equipment as appropriate, as well as removing brush and debris piles at the Wheeler Cabin and Lake McDonald Ranger Station area. Crews will continue to assess North Lake McDonald Road for hazard trees to ensure future safe access for residents and visitors. As traffic increases, so does danger to firefighters working along roads. Please stay aware and keep eyes on the road.
GENERAL FIRE INFORMATION
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 is open to private vehicle travel and visitors can 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 are also open.
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:https://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/infobull/closures.cfm.
A Type 1 and a Type 3 helicopter are currently assigned to the incident. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the Howe Ridge Fire. Drones can shut down critical fire operations, and launching, landing or operating drones is prohibited in Glacier National Park.