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.
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.