GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - The Sprague Fire burning on the east side of Lake McDonald has now grown to nearly 2,100 acres.
Smoke from blaze prompted Xanterra Parks and Resorts to announce that Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park has closed for the season.
Fire managers report that an overnight infrared flight has shown that the blaze has added over 500 acres over the last few days primarily on the southwest flank.
Firefighters continue to reduce fuels around structures and utilized helicopter bucket drops to minimize fire spread and intensity near Sperry Chalet on Tuesday.
There is a Red Flag Warning for Wednesday and Thursday. A cold front will bring the chance of light precipitation, dry thunderstorms, and strong winds on Wednesday and Thursday.
Most of the part is unaffected by this fire, but there are some trail closures because of this fire. Those closures can be found here. A fire information line is being staffed daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and can be reached at (406) 888-7077.
There are approximately 128 personnel are assigned to the fire, including the Northern Rockies Type II Fire Management Team.