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Glacier still on pace for record year, even with fires 

(WEST GLACIER)- Even though much of the west side of Glacier National Park is closed right now because of the Sprague Fire, the park appears it could still set a record for visitation in 2017.

The park had been running well ahead of last year's record pace, which had seen 2.9-million people come through the gates last year. In fact, the park set an all-time monthly visitor record in July, when more than a million people toured the park. That was a 23% jump over last year.  

New statistics just released for August show 908,000 visitors came to the park, pushing the year-to-date total to 2.8-million.

The west side of the park's popular Going-to-the-Sun Road, and the McDonald Valley have been closed since the start of September. But the east side of the park remains open, so it seems likely the park will match last year's visitor mark, and could even break 3-million people for the first time ever by the end of this year. 

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