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Firefighters face challenges with bears on Howe Ridge Fire

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GLACIER NATIONAL PARK -

As firefighters work to contain the destructive Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park, not only are they concerned about flames and falling trees, but now there's a new worry: bears.

Bears are actively searching for food before their winter hibernation.

Because of this, fire managers say that the number of bear sightings on the firelines is increasing.

Mike Cole, fire information officer with the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team, says that the Howe Ridge Fire is the first wildfire in which bear spray is available for firefighters to check out for free.

They've also been instructed to keep food, toiletries or any products with perfumes properly secured and not in their tents.

As of Monday, the Howe Ridge Fire has burned nearly 13,700-acres and is 19-percent contained.

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