WEST GLACIER – Part of the west side of Glacier National Park is being evacuated due to a nearby wildfire
The Howe Ridge Fire northwest of Lake McDonald grew on Sunday evening as the blaze was pushed by windy weather.
Late Sunday night the park officials expanded an earlier evacuation order to include “all businesses and private residences within the Lake McDonald Lodge complex, including the historic Lake McDonald Lodge.”
The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed from Lake McDonald Lodge to Logan Pass. The Avalanche Creek Campground and residences along North Lake McDonald Road were notified of the need to evacuate at around 8 PM Sunday night.
Threatened structures are located at the north end of Lake McDonald.
Structure protection resources are on scene. The threatened structures are located at the north end of Lake McDonald. The south end of Lake McDonald including the Grist Road and Apgar Village are not under evacuation orders.
The park has established a Fire Information Line with updated recorded information at (406) 888-7077.
-Mark Thorsell reporting for MTN