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The Howe Ridge Fire seen from across Lake McDonald on the night of August 12th, roughly 24 hours after the fire was started by a lightning strike in an area previously burned in the 2003 Roberts Fire.
Glacier National Park

Update 11:50 a.m. 08/14/18

Several of the cabins that made up Kelly’s Camp in Glacier National Park burned in the Howe Ridge Fire Sunday night. At a homeowners meeting yesterday, Park leaders spoke to families from the evacuation zone. Nobody expected the Howe Ridge Fire to get big.

"What took place literally in less than 48 hours is remarkable," Park Superintendent Jeff Mow said.

CL-215 Superscooper Airplanes Drop Water on the Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park, August 12, 2018.
Glacier National Park

Eric Whitney: Nicky You're in West Glacier where the people were evacuated from the Howe Ridge Fire are getting new details about the fire and its impacts.

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.

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