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Community meeting set for Tuesday for Glacier National Park fires

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GLACIER NATIONAL PARK -

A community meeting is set for Tuesday for the public to get the latest information on the Howe Ridge and Boundary fires burning in Glacier National Park. 

A fire information release issued Monday lists the Howe Ridge at 12,496 acres and 12 percent contained. So far, the fire has cost an estimated $8.18 million. 

Fire crews are hopeful a low pressure system will bring precipitation to the area this week. 

The Howe Ridge Fire continues to burn in heavy downfall and within a burn scar from the 2003 Robert Fire near Inside North Fork Road. Fire crews say smoke and torching are visible from the Apgar and McGee Meadow areas. 

A portion of the fire is expected to reach Inside North Fork Road, Monday. Firefighters are ready to respond in this area. According to the fire information release, "the road has been cleared and prepared as a fire line."

There are lots of standing dead trees in the area which make it a safety hazard for firefighters. 

Fire crews are using helicopters to combat the Boundary Fire, also burning in the park. 

That fire is listed at 1,709 acres and zero percent contained. 

Fire managers from the U.S. and Canada are continuing to coordinate efforts to manage the fire. 

A fire meeting for both the Howe Ridge and Boundary fires is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4 at 6:00 p.m. It will take place at the Glacier National Park Community Building near Park Headquarters at 64 Grinnell Drive in West Glacier. 

The majority of Glacier National Park remains open, including Apgar, Two Medicine, St. Mary, Many Glacier and the North Fork. 

Evacuation orders are in place for the North McDonald Road, Lake McDonald Lodge area, private residences along Going-to-the-Sun Road and the Sprague Creek, Avalanche and Fish Creek campgrounds. 

For current closures and information from Glacier National Park, click here.

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