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Wildfires burning in Glacier NP force evacuations, claim some buildings

A wildfire season that has touched national parks from Wyoming to Hawaii swept into Glacier National Park in Montana during the weekend as lightning sparked three fires, including one that forced the nighttime evacuation of the Lake McDonald Lodge complex and a nearby campground and claimed an undetermined number of structures.

The Howe Ridge Fire added to a 2018 fire season that has eclipsed the 10-year average of 4,418,011 acres burned year-to-date. As of Monday morning, 40,079 fires had burned 5,661,659 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Not only were active duty military personnel called in to help with some of the fires, but crews from Australia and New Zealand also were brought in.


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