Firefighters have won the battle to stop a wildfire's advance on the gateway town to Glacier National Park in the US state of Montana, according to officials on Saturday.
Residents displaced by the fire could return to their homes possibly as early as Sunday.
Three days of risky backburns along the eastern front of the fire succeeded in creating a barrier 12 miles (19 kilometres) long and up to half a mile wide between the fire and the town of West Glacier.
Although the town was considered safe, the fire was still dangerous and far from controlled.
Local businesses are worried about the slow tourist season.
Jeff Ruch, from the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, says that it is not just the fires that have contributed to a slower summer season in America's national parks.
But the fires have not helped.
While residents have received the good news, motel owners, such as Terry Scherburne, are worried about the lack of tourists this summer.
Scherburne, who owns Mountain Pine Motel, is working the phones to convince prospective customers that it is safe to spend their vacations at Glacier National Park.
The fire has burned more than 23-thousand acres (9,200 hectares), starting in the Flathead National Forest before burning into the park's western edge.
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