The State of Montana Has Lifted Some Evacuation Warnings From Glacier Park
HELENA – August 29, 2018
As local firefighters register good news in regard to the severe forest wildfires hit Montana this summer, officials have lifted some evacuation procedures from Glacier Park, local media reports.
In a press release Tuesday morning, the park stated it was withdrawing these notices from Apgar Village, the Grist Road area, and the area north of the Bowman Lake Road junction. Trails along Camas Road, except for those off McGee Meadow, will also reopen.
The park cited reinforced containment lines on the south side of the fire and recent days’ rainfall for its decision. However, Glacier also stated that the Howe Ridge fire’s north end remains active, and is within 150 feet of Going-to-the-Sun Road in places. As previously reported, fire crews have heavily reinforced that area with hose and sprinkler systems. The western road corridor remains closed.
Fish Creek Campground and Fish Creek Campground Road will remain closed for the duration of the season. The campground was originally scheduled to stay open until September 4.
Meanwhile, boat tours have resumed landing at Goat Haunt at the south end of Waterton Lake. However, visitors will only be able to access the pavilion and restrooms, and measures to protect these facilities against the Boundary fire remain in place. Trail closures in the area remain in place. Further east, an evacuation warning remains in effect for some residents near Essex due to the Paola Ridge fire.
Overall, Montana has become one of the first states of the North-East to stop the spread of wildfires on its territory. However, the fight still continues.