GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - Glacier National Park has lost one of its most historic structures as the main building of the Sperry Chalet was taken by the Sprague fire that's been burning on the east side of Lake MacDonald since Aug. 10.
Winds pushed the fire to the east creating an uncontrollable burn that took the structure on Thursday.
“Shortly after 6 p.m. pm tonight we were notified by the team of firefighters that were stationed at the Sperry Chalet that the main chalet building had been lost from the fire," said Sprague Fire Information Officer Peri Suenram.
"Over the course of the last even-to-eight days they have installed an extensive hose lay, sprinklers and pump system in the chalet area we, felt it was defensible and the fire conditions today were just very extreme," Suenram added.
The five firefighters battling the fire are currently safe and are still in the chalet area actively fighting the fire in an attempt to protect the four remaining structures. They remained at the scene overnight.
The five fire fighters stationed there are the only ones that are able to fight the fire as it is currently too dangerous to place any additional firefighters into the area.
“I can’t speak for the Park, but I can speak for myself as well as the fire management team -- you know we value the Sperry Chalet we know it was a beloved structure and has so much history for Glacier National Park," Suenram said. "And we’re sorry that it was lost.”
The burning of the historic Sperry Chalet comes after the iconic building had served travelers in Glacier National Park’s backcountry for more than a century. It's listed as a National Historic landmark.
The Sprague fire grew 500 acres alone on Wednesday night, the largest growth the blaze has seen since it began.