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Structure protection work continues in Lake McDonald Lodge area

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GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - Structure protection work in the Lake McDonald Lodge area continues with a "Rain for Rent" system now up and running.

The irrigation system is set up along Snyder Creek in the Lake McDonald Lodge area as the nearby Sprague fire continues to burn.There are sprinkler heads paralleling the Going-to-the-Sun Road as well as a 6" pipe that's pumping up to 700 gallons of water a minute from the lake.

"What we are doing here is we're wetting all of these fuels down. We're increasing that moisture content so that there basically unavailable to burn. They won't support combustion. We can have an ember land on it but because they're wet basically they won't ignite," structure protection specialist Kevin Smith said.

Smith says they have fire management action points set up and down the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass. If the fire edge reaches a management action point that will trigger the activation of additional assistance from local fire departments.

An earlier mandatory evacuation order on the west side of Glacier National Park remains in place.

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