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Glacier National Park

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.

Bear Management Units (BMUs) in the NCDE Primary Conservation Area. BMU subunits are outlined in light gray.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are proposing to maintain the largest grizzly bear population in the Lower 48 states at its current level of about 1,000 animals even if the population loses its federal protections.

A screen capture from a video showing Raymond Reinke taunting a bison in Yellowston National Park. The video was shared on Facebook by Lindsey Jones.
Lindsey Jones

Perhaps you’ve seen this now-viral video of a man harassing a bison this week in Yellowstone National Park. That man, Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon, was arrested Thursday in Glacier National Park.

The 55-year-old Reinke visited several national parks this week. None of those stops went very well.

Glacier National Park signage at the park's St. Mary entrance.
Glacier NPS

An Idaho teenager fell to his death Tuesday in Glacier National Park while exploring a culvert in a steep mountain roadway.

Glacier National Park signage at the park's St. Mary entrance.
Glacier NPS

Glacier National Park lifted restrictions on tent campers today in the Many Glacier Campground.

Authorities placed a temporary ban on soft-sided campers and tents on June 30 after a 150 pound grizzly bear entered the campground and forced two campers who were cleaning fish to deploy bear spray.

Nicky Ouellet

When Anson Nygaard returned to the states after two years of active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, he headed straight for the Pacific Crest Trail.

Scaffolding at the scorched Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park, Oct. 2017.
Glacier National Park Conservancy

The National Park Service Thurs released details of an investigation of the fire that burned the Sperry Chalet’s dormitory in Glacier National Park last August.

The review found a windblown ember, or “firebrand,” likely entered the Chalet’s dormitory through a gap where a wooden timber passed through the stone wall in the second story.

View Of The North Fork of The Flathead River Near Ford Cabin.
Flathead National Forest

The Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park are continuing to seek public input on a new comprehensive river management plan for the three forks of the Flathead River. 

A total of 219 miles of the Flathead are designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. The Act was intended to safeguard the special character of certain U.S. rivers. As part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the Flathead is subject to federal planning to preserve and protect its outstanding natural value, including the various wildlife that call the river home.

Park Service Awards $4M Contract To Rebuild Glacier Chalet

Jun 12, 2018
Scaffolding at the scorched Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park, Oct. 2017.
Glacier National Park Conservancy

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The National Park Service bypassed an open bidding process when it awarded a $4 million construction contract to a Montana company to begin rebuilding a Glacier National Park backcountry chalet that burned in a wildfire last year, officials said Tuesday.

Park service officials justified skipping an open competition for the Sperry Chalet project by saying there was "unusual and compelling urgency" to begin work in July to permanently stabilize the burned chalet's stone walls by autumn.

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