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Contact: Lauren Alley, 406-888-5838
West Glacier, MT – The Howe Ridge Fire northwest of Lake McDonald has expanded through spotting in this evening’s winds.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed from Lake McDonald Lodge to Logan Pass. Avalanche Creek Campground visitors are being evacuated by park rangers.
Currently Lake McDonald Lodge itself is open.
An evacuation order is now in place for North Lake McDonald Road to Logan Pass, including Avalanche Creek Campground, effective immediately.
This evacuation impacts about 50 individuals who own private homes, several National Park Service employees residing at the Lake McDonald Ranger Station, and campers at the 87-site Avalanche Creek Campground.
The threatened structures are located at the north end of Lake McDonald. A structure protection team has been requested.
The south end of Lake McDonald including the Grist Road and Apgar Village are not under evacuation.
Visitors are asked to keep roadways clear.
Updated information will be provided as available.
The park has established a Fire Information Line with updated recorded information: 406-888-7077.