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Monday
Sep042017

Sprague Fire nearly doubles, crews worry about Monday's weather

Crews set up structure protection at Lake McDonald Lodge- USFS photo(WEST GLACIER)- With winds having already gusted over 40-miles per hour, fire crews are bracing for the worst as winds shift over the Sprague Fire, burning in the heart of Glacier National Park. 

The lighting-caused fire grew to over 9,400 acres on Sunday afternoon, as a passing cold front switched the winds from the southwest back over to the north and east. That pushed the fire burning south of Lake McDonald to the west and south. 

Forecasts are for cooler temperatures and somewhat higher relative humidity today. But with the geographic orientation of the McDonald Valley, east winds could present some challenging conditions through tonight. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. 

The Fort Apache Hot Shots have been staged at Lake McDonald Lodge to protect the historic structure if necessary. Evacuations of all tourists and residents remain in place from Apgar up to Logan Pass. 

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed to through traffic, but Logan Pass is accessible from the east.