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Fire Information for Travelers

Fire Information for TravelersMontana is 93 million acres of spectacular unspoiled nature. Because of our diverse landscape and weather, wildfires happen as a natural part of Montana’s ecology. Sometimes a fire occurs near a popular destination, but there’s no reason to let it stop you from enjoying your Montana experience!

Below you’ll see information about current fires with potential impacts on travel. If a fire is occurring near your destination, remember it’s being managed by experts whose top priority is public safety. If an area is open, it’s safe.

If you have questions or would like assistance with your Montana itinerary, feel free to call a travel counselor at 800.847.4868 or go to VisitMT.com to start a live chat.


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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. 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

Air quality is listed as good across Montana. For hourly air quality condition updates click the link below.


Webcams

See the view before you go from a variety of webcams across the state.

NOTE: The following links go to websites maintained by third parties.

National Park Service

U.S. Forest Service


Air Quality

If smoke is heavy or you’re sensitive to it, you may wish to consider adjusting your itinerary to experience one of Montana’s indoor activities or explore a different area until air quality improves. Explore things to do at VisitMT.com.

Even if you see smoke, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re close to a fire. Sometimes smoke blows in from hundreds of miles away.

For up-to-date air quality conditions from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, click here.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services maintains a website with health information related to wildfire smoke. To access it, click here.


Fire Restrictions

To help reduce the risk of a fire, restrictions may be in place. Before you go camping, please check for any current restrictions.

For a list/map of current restrictions, click here.


Additional Resources


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