Evacuations issued in Glacier National Park as fire grows

Evacuations issued in Glacier National Park as fire grows
Karen Cox

UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that the 25-site Sprague Creek campground was being evacuated Monday, a day after the fast-moving fire forced the evacuation of 82 rooms at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge.

A second campground with 87 sites and some private residences also have been evacuated. A portion of the Going-to-the-Sun-Road remains closed to traffic.

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A popular campground is under evacuation notice and part of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed in Glacier National Park due to fire danger.

The Howe Ridge fire burning northwest of Lake McDonald grew quickly and forced those evacuations and road closure from Avalanche Creek to Logan Pass, according to park officials. GNP tweeted an update to evacuations Sunday at 9:00 p.m. that the evacuation order also includes the Lake McDonald Lodge complex.

Lake McDonald Lodge is still open.

A lightning storm Saturday sparked three fires in the park, including the Howe Ridge Fire.

According to a report by the Daily Interlake Newspaper, The Howe Ridge fire was estimated at 20 acres Sunday night, burning in the same area as the 2003 Robert Fire.

The fire information line number is 406-888-7077.