(GREAT FALLS) The Sprague Fire that triggered evacuations over the weekend on the west side of Glacier National Park has grown to than 13,343 acres.
Fire officials estimate that the lightning-sparked fire is about 35% contained as of Tuesday.
The fire is located about nine miles northeast of West Glacier.
A Northern Rockies Type II Fire Management Team, led by Diane Hutton, is fighting the fire.
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.
The 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.
There are 145 people assigned to the Sprague Fire.
A fire information line will be staffed 8am-8pm; call 406-888-7077 if you have questions about the fire and how it might impact your visit.
On Thursday evening, the main building at the historic Sperry Chalet was destroyed by the Sprague Fire.
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