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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. 

Sunday
Sep032017

Sprague Fire closes west side of Glacier's McDonald corridor

Sprague Fire- USFS photo (WEST GLACIER)- Worried about critical fire weather and the continued growth of the Sprague Fire, Glacier National Park authorities are closing the Lake McDonald-McDonald Creek corridor and order park visitors to evacuate. 

The fire, which started with passing lightning on August 10th has continued to spread in the hot, dry weather of the past week, and has now consumed over 5100-acres in the Gunsight Pass area immediately west of Lake McDonald. 

Saturday, park officials had said they would be closing all the trails and campgrounds from the south end of Lake McDonald to Logan Pass. This morning, that evacuation order was expanded to include closure of the popular Going-to-the-Sun Road, with all residents of the valley and concession housing told to leave. 

Logan Pass is only accessible from the east side of the park.

The fire destroyed the historic Sperry Chalet late last week.