GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – There’s been little change so far this week at the Howe Ridge fire which continues to burn on the west side of Glacier National Park.
The lightning-sparked blaze is holding at 12,420 acres and remains 12% contained.
Fire managers report that the cool and overcast weather pattern has continued to moderate fire activity on the Howe Ridge Fire, but fire activity is expected to bump on Wednesday thanks to warmer and drier weather.
Hoses, pumps and sprinklers remain in place to protect the Going-to-the-Sun Road and facilities along the road corridor in the event the fire spreads northeast.
Crews are also maintaining structure protection along the North Lake McDonald Road, and firefighters have completed significant work to reinforce containment lines on the south side of the fire.
Evacuation orders remain in place for the North McDonald Road, Lake McDonald Lodge area, private homes along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and at the Sprague Creek, Avalanche, and Fish Creek campgrounds.
Park officials lifted the evacuation warning for the Apgar and Grist Road on Tuesday. The evacuation warning for the area north of the Bowman Lake Road junction with the Inside North Fork Road is also no longer in effect.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road remains closed from near Apgar to Logan Pass. North McDonald and Fish Creek Roads are also still closed to traffic as is the Inside North Fork Road between Fish Creek to Logging Creek.
A recorded fire update can be found at (406) 888-7077.