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Snow in Glacier Park
As the Howe Ridge wildfire keeps burning on the west side of Glacier National Park near Lake McDonald, the view from the Park’s Logan Pass webcam on Monday morning showed snow falling and sticking in some places in higher elevations. StormTracker meteorologist Lewis Dortch says snow will fall to aro…
Howe Ridge Fire 10 Percent Contained
The Howe Ridge fire, which has forced evacuations on the west side of Glacier National Park, has now burned over 11,500 acres and remains just 10 percent contained as of reports late Sunday. Q2 reports that fire managers say the blaze has grown following the arrival of gusty winds...
Super Scoopers Fight Howe Ridge Blaze
Q2 reports that two Canadian CL-215 water-scooping planes have been deployed as key tools in fighting the Howe Ridge fire and protecting Glacier National Park from future wildfires. The Super Scoopers are on loan from Canada, and each aircraft has two 600-gallon tanks capable of skimming 1,200 gallo…
Smoky Skies Wednesday
Smoky smog filled Billings skies by late afternoon Wednesday. Along with the smoke, warmer temperatures also returned to Billings. People braved the smoke and were spotted walking and bicycling outdoors. More smoky skies could be coming as the farther east you go on Interstate 90, there are reports …
Air Quality Improving
Q2 reports air quality has been adversely affected by smoke from wildfires across Big Sky Country, but rain over the last few days has helped wash some of that smoke from the air. As of Saturday, the air quality in Billings was considered “moderately unhealthy,” inching e…
Air Quality Alert
The Gazette reports the Montana Department of Environmental Quality issued a statewide air-quality alert Sunday, as wildfires in British Columbia reportedly gave Billings its smoggiest day this year. Billings’ air quality briefly reached similar levels for a couple of one-hour period…
Howe Ridge Wildfire Update
The Howe Ridge fire on the west side of Glacier National Park grew on Saturday from 4,100 acres to an estimated 7,800 acres. Recent fire activity combined with updated weather forecasts prompted Park officials to issue additional evacuation warnings...
Howe Ridge Fire Grows
The Howe Ridge fire burning on the west side of Glacier National Park grew nearly 1,000 acres in one day, according to fire managers. An infrared overflight provided updated mapping of the fire perimeter, showing that the blaze now measures 3,500 acres...
Howe Ridge Wildfire
Cooler weather is helping fire crews with the Howe Ridge blaze, which has burned nearly 2,500 acres above the north shore of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. The latest maps show most of the hot spots are along the northeast flank of the fire, with some active burning to the west...
Billings Fire Under Control
Fires that broke out west of Billings on Saturday near 72nd Street West around 10:30 p.m. are now under control. Interim Yellowstone County DES Coordinator Lt. Kent O’Donnell said there were indications that a train snagged a power line, causing a surge that likely caused of a small …

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