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Sprague Fire tops 9,400 acres; evacuation order still in effect

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The Sprague Fire that triggered evacuations over the weekend on the west side of Glacier National Park has grown to more than 9,400 acres.

Fire officials estimate that the fire is about 35% contained as of Monday morning.

The current evacuation area includes the Lake McDonald Lodge area, the Sprague Creek campground, the Avalanche Campground, and about 55 residences.

 Residents and visitors from the south end of Lake McDonald north to Logan Pass are under an evacuation order and the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed from Apgar Loop Road to Logan Pass. 

Areas included in the evacuation order include all public facilities, trails, campgrounds etc. accessed by and adjacent to Going-to-the-Sun Road from Apgar Campground to Logan Pass.

Sprague Fire MapThe east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road remains open and Logan Pass is accessible from the St. Mary side.

The Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter for fire evacuees at Canyon Elementary School in Hungry Horse.

A Fire Weather Warning remains in effect through 9 p.m. on Monday.

The winds switched from southwest to north and east late Sunday with wind gusts of up to 43 mph reported over a four hour period.

Fire managers report that wind shift pushed the blaze to the west and south. The fire is now established in the Walton drainage to the south. 

The Fort Apache Hotshots were staged overnight in the Lake McDonald Lodge area and a night shift patrolled the area. 

Structure protection hose lays and sprinkler deployments will be initiated in the Avalanche Creek Campground area on Monday, according to fire managers.

There are 127 people assigned to the Sprague Fire.

On Thursday evening, the main building at the historic Sperry Chalet was destroyed by the Sprague Fire.

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