GREAT FALLS- Justin Bilton and his 70-year old father were backpacking through Wyoming and Montana, and last weekend set up camp in Glacier National Park. The next day, they realized that a lightning strike had started a small fire, which eventually turned into the 3,500-acre Howe Ridge Fire along Lake McDonald.
WEST GLACIER – Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park will be closed for the rest of the season because of the still-burning Howe Ridge fire.
WEST GLACIER – The Howe Ridge fire burning on the west side of Glacier National Park held steady on Thursday and has burned 3,500 acres with 0% containment.
HELENA- Officials on two wildfires burning outside Helena say containment on the fires grew on Thursday.
GREAT FALLS – A 737 jet landed in Great Falls on Thursday afternoon, carrying 100 firefighters from the Eastern U.S.
GREAT FALLS – The lightning-sparked Shellrock Fire, centered about 25 miles north of Helena, has burned an estimated 350 acres as of Thursday morning, and is about 15% contained.
MISSOULA – The group Climate Smart Missoula has used $10,000 from the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund to put forward out educational information on impacts from wildfire smoke via a new website and direction communications.
WEST GLACIER – The Howe Ridge fire burning on the west side of Glacier National Park grew nearly 1,000 acres in one day as was anticipated by fire managers.
GREAT FALLS – With several large wildfires now burning in Montana, people are seeing many references to firefighting terms such as “Type 2” teams and “ICS.” But what do they mean?
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – A Type 1 Incident Management Team is gearing up to attack the Howe Ridge fire burning in Glacier National Park, bringing the most experienced fire teams to the lines.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – A timelapse video recorded in the Glacier National Park area demonstrates the dramatic growth of the Howe Ridge fire, which is burning at 2,600 acres as of Wednesday.
HELENA – The Shellrock Fire burning north of Helena remains at 300 acres while the 467 Trail Fire southeast of Lincoln grew by about 10 acres.
HELENA – Leaders from the public and private sector gathered Wednesday to discuss the fires burning around Lewis and Clark County, and how to mitigate wildfire risk going forward.
Flathead County Sheriff Curry has issued an evacuation warning for a small number of residents near Essex.
WEST GLACIER – Cooler weather is helping fire crews make some headway on the Howe Ridge Fire which continues to burn about the north shore of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park.