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Bacon Rind Fire

It’s been about a year since lightning started a fire that burned almost 4,500 acres in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and Yellowstone National Park. Local fire managers and ecologists invited journalists to see how the burn site is recovering and learn how fire plays a role on the landscape.

Operations Section Chief Todd Abel at a briefing on the Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park, August 22, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet


Wildfire activity has moderated in Western Montana in the wake of wet and cool weather earlier this week, but crews remain hard at work as temperatures start to rise again .

The view toward Glacier Park's Stanton Mountain obscured by smoke, with Lake McDonald in the foreground, August 21, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet


In Glacier National Park the Howe Ridge Fire is now estimated at more than 11,000 acres. Despite continued growth, though, fire managers say they’re making good progress shoring up protections along Going-To-The-Sun Road.

A map showing the area under an evacuation warning near Essex for the Paola Ridge Fire
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Updated 5:25 p.m.

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation warning for a small number of residents near Essex just northwest of the Izaak Walton Inn along Highway 2 due to the Paola Ridge 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.”

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