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Guests at Glacier National Park chalet evacuated due to fire

Posted at 10:20 AM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2018-08-29 18:47:02-04

Glacier National Park guests evacuated on foot from a West Glacier chalet on Friday using an alternative route to avoid a wildfire that sparked Thursday night.

Forty-two guests received an evacuation notice on Friday morning from the National Park Service to leave the area.

The guests hiked 14 miles on Gunsight Pass Trail, a reroute from the original entrance trail, which was six-and-a-half miles long. 

The group hiked to Jackson Glacier Overlook on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The Sprague fire on the east side of MacDonald Lake was nearest to the lodge.

The Rogers and Howe fires were also in that area. 

Sperry Chalet remains closed, however, there are hopes to re-open by the end of the summer season.