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Evening Newscast 08-13-18

Aug 13, 2018

Officials in Glacier National Park now say that, “a number of structures were lost last night” in the Howe Ridge wildfire that was sparked by lighting Saturday. They estimate the size of the fire on the north end of Lake McDonald at 1,500 to 2,500 acres and have offered no estimate of containment.

The lightning-caused Wigwam fire started Saturday near Ennis has led to the evacuation of 15 structures and 4 people in the Haypress Lakes subdivision.

There are also pre-evacuation notices in-place for residents in the McQuithy Gulch and Marsh Creek areas southeast of Lincoln due to the Trail 467 fire.

The Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park as seen from Apgar Beach, August 12, 2018.
Glacier National Park

Update 5:22 p.m.

Officials in Glacier National Park now say that, “a number of structures were lost last night” in the Howe Ridge wildfire that was sparked by lighting Saturday.

They estimate the size of the fire on the north end of Lake McDonald at 1,500 to 2,500 acres and have offered no estimate of containment. A press release says two water scooping aircraft are drawing water from Lake McDonald and, along with a helicopter are “working to establish a secure anchor point from which to fight the fire.”

National Park Service

Update 9:45

Glacier National Park officials have expanded the evacuation order to include all businesses and private residences within the Lake McDonald Lodge complex, including the historic Lake McDonald Lodge. Visitors and employees were notified of the need to evacuate at around 9 PM. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed from Lake McDonald Lodge to Logan Pass.

Inciweb

Encouraging news on a new wildfire burning about seven miles west of Plains.

The 50-acre Weeksville Fire was started by a trailer-house fire that quickly spread into the surrounding forest Friday afternoon.

Incident spokesman John Hamilton tells Montana Public Radio the 75 firefighters on scene are in mop-up phase, dousing hot spots. Three helicopters, two dozers and several engines are also working the fire.

Mount Sentinel in Missoula will be closed Monday, August 13 due to fire danger during the Pearl Jam concert at Washington Grizzly Staduim that night.
Nick Mott

Update 6:25 p.m.

A new wildfire was reported at about 3 p.m. about 7 miles west of the town of Plains, just off of Highway 200.

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