Campers in Montana Have Been Evacuated Due to Heavy Wildfire
GREAT FALLS, MT – August 13, 2018
About 50 people have been evacuated from Glacier National Park in Montana due to severe wildfires, local media reports.
High winds caused the fire to spot and spread, the park said. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is now closed from Lake McDonald Lodge to Logan Pass, and Avalanche Creek Campground visitors are being evacuated by park rangers.
The Historic Lake McDonald Lodge was evacuated at 9 p.m. An evacuation order also is in place for North Lake McDonald Road to Logan Pass, including Avalanche Creek Campground, effectively immediately, the park said.
Lightning from a storm Saturday sparked three fires in the west side of the park. All of the fires are burning in difficult terrain, Jean Tabbert, a public information officer working on the fires, said Sunday.
Weather conditions have been hot and dry and the park was under a red flag warning until midnight Saturday which created a favorable environment for fire starts and growth.
"All of these fires are full-suppression fires," Tabbert said.