Glacier Park in Montana Is in Fire
HELENA – August 20, 2018
The issue of wildfires is getting more and more serious in several North-West states. For instance, Glacier Park in Montana has recently been evacuated, local media reports.
Glacier National Park ordered an evacuation of the Fish Creek Campground Sunday and warned people in Apgar to be ready to leave after the Howe Ridge fire grew to more than 7,800 acres.
Fire information officer Jean Tabbert said Sunday afternoon the fire was about a half-mile west of Going to the Sun Road and 3.5 miles north of the Fish Creek Campground. Weather predictions over the next 24 to 36 hours call for thunderstorms with increasing winds that could shift directions, heightening the fire's ability to spread quickly.
"This could significantly affect fire behavior on the southern and western flanks of the fire,'' according to the park. "Smoke yesterday over the fire perimeter prohibited air resources from dropping water on the fire.''
Glacier Outfitters remained open for business, albeit with far fewer customers than normal.
“The smoke is what’s affecting us,” explained co-owner Shelby Handlin Hampton, deterring Glacier visitors from the outdoor activities that her shop supports. She predicted that “as soon as this smoke blows to the north, it’s going to be fine.”
In her view, however, the fire will subdue visitation for quite some time. “The smoke is killing business right now, and the fear is killing business for the future,” she said. Twenty-five miles north of Apgar, Polebridge also was shrouded in smoke. But it was still a sought-after way station for those passing through the remote northwest portion of Glacier.
"We've actually gotten a little bit busier," said Cherstin Liny, lead bartender at the Northern Lights Saloon, in between serving backpackers and fire personnel. With other parts of the park closed, "we have a lot of the traffic filtering over this way."