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Fire Information for Travelers

Fire Information for TravelersMontana is 93 million acres of spectacular unspoiled nature. Because of our diverse landscape and weather, wildfires happen as a natural part of Montana’s ecology. Sometimes a fire occurs near a popular destination, but there’s no reason to let it stop you from enjoying your Montana experience!

Below you’ll see information about current fires with potential impacts on travel. If a fire is occurring near your destination, remember it’s being managed by experts whose top priority is public safety. If an area is open, it’s safe.

If you have questions or would like assistance with your Montana itinerary, feel free to call a travel counselor at 800.847.4868 or go to VisitMT.com to start a live chat.


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Last Updated: 8/19/18, 11:22 AM

HOWE RIDGE FIRE - GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

The lightning-caused Howe Ridge Fire is being managed inside Glacier National Park; however, the majority of the park is open.

The east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road from St. Mary to Logan Pass is open, and the Logan Pass Visitor Center is open daily from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Open areas include: Apgar Village/Campground, Two Medicine, St. Mary, Many Glacier, and the North Fork areas.

The west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road from the foot of Lake McDonald (near Apgar Village) to Logan Pass is temporarily closed.

Other temporary closures include:

  • North Lake McDonald Road (including the Lake McDonald Ranger Station)
  • Lake McDonald Lodge Complex (including all businesses)
  • Avalanche, Fish Creek, and Sprague Creek Campgrounds
  • Several trails, including the Loop Trail

Lake McDonald Lodge has closed for the season.

Stage II fire restrictions are in place for the park, which means no campfires will be permitted in the frontcountry or backcountry. Smoking is also prohibited except within an enclosed building, vehicle, developed recreation area, or barren area three feet in diameter. Propane stoves that have an on/off switch are permitted. 

A fire information line has been established at 406.888.7077. Official information from Glacier National Park is also available via Twitter.

BACON RIND FIRE

The Bacon Rind Fire is being managed 20 miles south of Big Sky in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.

Highway 191 and roads leading into and through the Custer Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park are open. All visitor facilities, services, and businesses in surrounding communities are not impacted by the fire and remain open.

The fire and smoke is visible along Highway 191. Please be cautious when driving along the road and be alert for firefighters and vehicles. Stop only in open designated pullouts. The speed limit is reduced to 45 MPH through the fire area. There could be times when smoke will reduce visibility along the road, be prepared to reduce speed for driving conditions.

Some backcountry trails and campsites within Yellowstone National Park are temporarily closed. Trail closures include: Daly Creek Trail, Black Butte Trail, Daly/Black Butte Cutoff Trail, Daly/North Tepee Cutoff Trail, Specimen creek Trail, Sportsman Lake Trail (east fork of Specimen) from HWY 191 to Gallatin BMA 3 miles from Sportsman Lake Cabin, Crescent-High Lake Trail, Skyrim Trail (Daly pass to Sheep Mountain), Fawn Pass Trail at HWY 191 to Gallatin BMA boundary, Fan Creek Trail to Sportsman Lake Trail junction, Bacon Rind Trail. Backcountry campsite closures include: WF2 WF1 WE1 WE4 WE7 WE5 WE6 WD1 WD6 WD4 WD5 WC2 WC3 WC4. Contact the Yellowstone National Park Backcountry Office for more information at 307.344.2160.

AIR QUALITY

See below for more information, links, and suggestions for fun indoor activities to do in Montana. Due to smoke from wildfire activity, health experts recommend limiting prolonged outdoor exertion until air quality improves.


Webcams

See the view before you go from a variety of webcams across the state.

NOTE: The following links go to websites maintained by third parties.

National Park Service

U.S. Forest Service


Air Quality

If smoke is heavy or you’re sensitive to it, you may wish to consider adjusting your itinerary to experience one of Montana’s indoor activities or explore a different area until air quality improves. Explore things to do at VisitMT.com.

Even if you see smoke, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re close to a fire. Sometimes smoke blows in from hundreds of miles away.

For up-to-date air quality conditions from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, click here.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services maintains a website with health information related to wildfire smoke. To access it, click here.


Fire Restrictions

To help reduce the risk of a fire, restrictions may be in place. Before you go camping, please check for any current restrictions.

For a list/map of current restrictions, click here.


Additional Resources


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