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Burned out Sperry Chalet braced for winter

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The burned out Sperry Chalet in Glacier Park has been braced for the winter after crews got the mason walls shored up -- for now.

The Sprague fire badly damaged the historic building in late August. The fire gutted the old dormitory destroying the roof and floors.

A 10 person crew along with helicopters took up dozens of heavy beams to stabilize the walls so they won't topple when heavy winter snows and winds push in.  Crews also braced the gables, the windows and the chimneys.

The park will assess how the structure weathered the winter in the Spring and will decide how best to fix the chalet. The Glacier National Park Conservancy launched the Sperry Action Fund campaign that has supported nearly all of this stabilization effort.

The trail to Sperry Chalet remains impassable as are other trails in the Sprague Fire area.

Nearly 2,000 trees fell across trails as a result of the fire, and the park estimates that another 1,000 may come down across trails this winter. 

That will be another huge park project this spring-- clear the trails and make the area safe.

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