Howe Ridge Fire


Incident #: GNP-369
Fire Start: 7 months ago
Location: 1.8 miles N of Essex, MT
Acres: 14,522
Agency: Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center (MT-KIC)
Dispatch Notes: Protection agency: gnp - glacier national park, lightning,14,522 acres. Controlled 11/06 | Contain: 10/29/18 0800 control: 11/06/18 1100

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 4 hours, 59 mins ago — This is the final inciweb update on the Howe Ridge Fire. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 5 will transfer management responsibility of the fire to a Type 4 team effective 1800 this Friday, September 28th.


Incident Contact
Glacier National Park
Phone: 406-888-7077
Hours: Recorded Information Line
Fire Unit Information
Glacier National Park
National Park Service
PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Basic Information

Date of Origin
Saturday August 11th, 2018 approx. 07:15 PM
Approximately 9 miles from West Glacier, MT
Incident Commander
Joe Sampson,IMT2 Team 5
48.643 latitude, -113.916 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel
14,522 Acres
% Contained
Estimated Containment Date
Thursday November 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)
Closed Timber Litter

Primarily burning in heavy lodgepole regeneration from the 2003 Robert Fire. Heavy fuel loading of 1000-hour dead/downed fuels and a substantial amount of large standing dead timber.
Significant Events
**This is the final update on this fire unless there is significant change in the days ahead** Unburned fuels are resistant to burning. Fire continues to creep and smolder in heavy dead and down and deep duff layers in the cedar/hemlock flats of McDonald Valley and in mixed conifer areas in Camas Creek drainage and on Howe Ridge.


Planned Actions
Patrol and monitor the inside North Fork Road and the Lake McDonald Creek Trail. Monitor fire on the Camas Ridge. Maintain pumps, sprinklers, and hose lay between McDonald Creek Ranger Station and the footbridge on McDonald Creek as needed.
Projected Incident Activity
24 hours: Mostly clear into tomorrow before becoming partly cloudy with less than 10% chance of a wetting rain. Max temperatures will be 62-67 degrees and minimum RHs will be at 30-35%. Fire behavior is anticipated as minimal and no additional growth is expected.
Transfer of command to Sampson's IMT2 occurred at 1800 on Sept. 18.

The Going to the Sun Road is open to general public traffic. The North Lake McDonald Road, Inside North Fork Road-between Logging Creek and Fish Creek, and the Fish Creek Roads remain closed due to activity from the fire.