Last Updated: 9/17/18, 11:11 a.m.
HOWE RIDGE & BOUNDARY FIRES – GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
The Going-to-the-Sun Road has reopened to private vehicle travel between Apgar and Logan Pass. It is now possible to drive the entire length of the road. The majority of Glacier National Park remains open, and tourism opportunities throughout the region are open and operating as usual. Open areas include Apgar, Two Medicine, St. Mary, Many Glacier and the North Fork. Drivers will not be able to stop along the road between Lake McDonald Lodge and the Avalanche Creek developed area. Avalanche is open for day use recreation, including day use areas, restrooms, the Trail of the Cedars, and the Avalanche Lake Trail. Flattop Trail and The Loop Trail are also reopening.
Click here for detailed trail and area closure information. Lake McDonald Lodge has closed for the season.
Winter weather has begun in some areas of the park. Intermittent snow has fallen at Logan Pass. While most trails remain open, visitors should come prepared for changing conditions and pack extra layers in the event that they encounter cold conditions as they travel throughout the park.
Access to Logan Pass will close on or before October 15, weather conditions dependent. A culvert project near the Apgar area is scheduled to begin on October 15, which will necessitate a temporary road closure at the foot of Lake McDonald from October 15-19 before the road reopens to Avalanche, as is customary for the fall season.
Stage II fire restrictions are in place for the park, which means no campfires will be permitted in the frontcountry or backcountry. Smoking is also prohibited except within an enclosed building, vehicle, developed recreation area, or barren area three feet in diameter. Propane stoves that have an on/off switch are permitted.
A fire information line has been established at 406.888.7077. Official information from Glacier National Park is also available via Twitter.
BACON RIND FIRE
The Bacon Rind Fire is being managed 20 miles south of Big Sky in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and the western boundary of Yellowstone National Park.
Highway 191 and roads leading into and through the Custer Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park are open. All visitor facilities, services, and businesses in surrounding communities are not impacted by the fire and remain open.
The fire and smoke is visible along Highway 191. Please be cautious when driving along the road and only stop in designated pullouts. There could be times that smoke will reduce visibility along the road, so please use caution. The speed limit is reduced to 45 MPH through the fire area.
Custer Gallatin National Forest has issued an Area Closure on 8/14/18 closing the Monument Unit of Lee Metcalf Wilderness to all use from the national park boundary west to the Skyline Trail.
As part of the Bacon Rind Fire area closure, access to the Gallatin River along Highway 191 will be restricted. From Fawn Pass Trailhead north to Milepost 27 there will be NO river access. From Milepost 27 north to the park boundary near milepost 31.5 river access will be permitted from the highway. Gallatin River access south of Fawn Pass trailhead remains open. This is subject to change. Additional backcountry trails and campsites within Yellowstone National Park are also closed. Contact the Yellowstone National Park Backcountry Office for more information at 307.344.2160, or visit their website.
Air quality is listed as good across Montana. For hourly air quality condition updates click the link below.