Offbeat Fire in Glacier National Park leads to evacuations, lost structures

17:55  14 august  2018
17:55  14 august  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Fire in Glacier National Park leads to evacuations , lost structures CLOSE Airplanes that scoop water and drop it onto fires were busy at the Howe Ridge fire

An unknown number of structures on the north end of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park were destroyed in a. Evacuation orders issued Sunday night in Glacier remained in place Monday as the Howe Ridge Fire continued to burn on the northwest flank of Lake McDonald.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – A fire sparked by lightning Saturday blew up Sunday in Glacier National Park forcing the evacuation of dozens of visitors and destroying several structures in the Lake McDonald area on the park's west side.

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Glacier National Park officials report that several structures have been lost to the 2,500 acre Howe Ridge fire . Howe Ridge Fire Glacier National Park Day it Blew Up - Helicopter Water Drops - Evacuations - Продолжительность: 32:42 CampgroundViews 9 498 просмотров.

The fast-growing Howe Ridge fire that forced evacuations at Glacier National Park on Sunday has destroyed some structures on the north end of If you are blessed and informed by this Ministry, Please consider a generous gift of any amount to help us remain strong and on the leading edge of

"We just see the whole side of the mountain on fire," said Taylor Creasey, 20, of Whitefish, Montana, who arrived at Lake McDonald Lodge boat ramp just before 7 p.m. MT on Sunday.

The Howe Ridge Fire was 1,500 to 2,500 acres, or 2.34 to 3.9 square miles, as of Monday afternoon.

Fire managers confirmed Monday that multiple structures were lost on the north end of Lake McDonald as the blaze quickly grew prompting very rapid evacuations.

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Details were not available about the number or type of structures that burned in the fire, the National Park Service said.

Flathead County, Montana, fire departments were instrumental in saving several buildings, the Park Service said in a news release.

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On Saturday evening, lightning started the fire on Howe Ridge, northwest of Lake McDonald.

Windy and dry conditions Sunday caused the fire to rapidly expand.

Evacuations were ordered Sunday evening when the fire column shifted.

"Fire behavior last night was extreme," the National Park Service said. "Tree torching, crown runs, wind-driven fire, and fire spots up to ½ mile away occurred for multiple hours."

Between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. MT on Sunday, 87 campsites and 82 rooms at Lake McDonald Lodge were evacuated.

A 30-mile stretch of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road was closed to traffic. The road, with breathtaking views of the park's mountainous interior, is a major draw for tourists.

When Creasey was checking out the fire, she

Creasey drove to the boat launch at Lake McDonald Lodge on Going-to-the-Sun Road to check out the fire.

She felt the heat radiating off the mountain and left just before the lodge was evacuated.

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Montana’s Glacier National Park is the latest national park to be impacted by wildfires this summer. The Howe Ridge Fire , burning near the west (Photo Credit: Glacier National Park ). Evacuations are in effect from the foot of Lake McDonald to Logan Pass. Closures include Avalanche and Sprague

The rest of Glacier National Park , which lies in northwestern Montana along the Canadian border, remains open to the public but officials have said the fire was burning in heavy timber with a high potential to spread. Forecasts called for strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures that were

"It sounded like a nice big campfire," she said of the crackling blaze which also sent huge plumes of smoke into the sky as visitors at the lodge and others along the road watched.

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Montana had a slow start to this year's fire season after a record-setting 2017 in which more than 2,400 square miles burned. This year's fires so far have charred a combined 30 square miles of the state.

Last August, a lightning-caused fire damaged the dining hall and destroyed the dormitory leaving only the stone walls at Glacier's Sperry Chalet, a stone lodge built in 1914.

Canadian “super scoopers” were assigned to the Howe Ridge Fire on Sunday for a four-hour cycle.

Those efforts were not effective in controlling fire growth, however, because the planes were unable to fly very close because of high winds.

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On Monday afternoon, two Canadian “super scooper” airplanes and a helicopter dropped water from Lake McDonald on widespread spot fires.

Multiple structural engines and wildland engine crews are protecting structures and working to suppress spot fires, the Park Service said.

Approximately 60 fire personnel are fighting the fire.

Wildfires flare up regularly at many of the large national parks that dot the U.S. West, often burning in densely-forested, backcountry areas where their effects are limited. This year's blazes threaten to have a magnified impact coming at the height of the summer tourist season.

More than 400,000 visitors last month passed through the west entrance of Glacier, near Lake McDonald. That was almost half the park's total. August is typically just as busy, and a protracted shutdown of part of the park could hurt the tourist-driven local economy.

"We're hoping this is short-lived," said Danny McIntosh, marketing manager for Glacier Park Collection by Pursuit, which operates Motel Lake McDonald. McIntosh said all of the guests in the motel's 28 rooms were relocated to other accommodations run by the company.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Karl Puckett on Twitter: @GFTrib_KPuckett

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