Out of control Montana wildfire is fast approaching scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road as tourists are evacuated from Glacier National Park

Monday, August 20, 2018
By Paul Martin

Howe Fire has grown to 4,000 acres and is spreading throughout the park
Firefighters installing hoses and sprinklers to prevent fire from reaching road
Officials fear rocks and trees could fall along road for years from destabilization
Numerous cabins, homes and a historic lodge have been evacuated

20 August 2018

A wildfire in Montana’s Glacier National Park is forcing more evacuations and has burned within a half-mile of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Part of the 50-mile, two-lane road that spans the width of the park and crosses the Continental Divide is closed and official are desperate to save it form the fire.

Firefighters are installing hoses and sprinklers to prevent the 4,000-acre Howe Fire from spreading on to the road but were dealing with high winds.

‘If we have fire along there, what we’d be dealing with is trees and rocks falling along that road for years to come because of the destabilization,’ operations chief Rocky Gilbert told the Missoulian.

Officials evacuated the Fish Creek Campground and told residents in the small town of Apgar on Lake McDonald they might have to leave.

Other campgrounds, the historic Lake McDonald Lodge and private cabins along Going-to-the-Sun Road are already under evacuation orders.

Brothers Craig and Sean Simpson, and their father, Henry, were evacuated from their campground on Sunday.

‘It’s kind of scary, being woken up and told you have to evacuate,’ Craig Simpson said.

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