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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 9-26-18

Howe Ridge Fire Wildfire
News – 9/26/2018

Howe Ridge Fire Update

Wednesday, September 26, 2018; 8:30 am – FINAL UPDATE

Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 5

Joe Sampson, Incident Commander

Recorded Fire Information Line: 406-888-7077 FIRE Website: Howe:

Boundary: Glacier National Park Information: 406-888-7800,

Weather: Today will be partly cloudy. Temperatures will be in the mid-50’s with chances of wetting rain at 10%. Winds will be southwest at 3-10 mph. Fire behavior will be minimal. No additional fire growth is expected.

Howe Ridge Fire Statistics: Location, NW side of Lake McDonald; Start Date, August 11th; Size, 14,522 acres; Containment, 79%; Cause, Lightning; Injuries, 2; Estimated cost, $13.6 million; Residence structures lost, 13; Minor structures lost, 14; Personnel Resources, 43.

Howe Ridge: Today, the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team will monitor the fire and will be familiarizing a new management team to the fire. A Type IV incident management team will be taking over fire operations Friday, September 28 at 1800. As traffic increases, so does danger to firefighters working along roads. Please stay aware and keep eyes on the road.


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: