- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - A fire burning near a hiking trail in Glacier National Park has forced the closure of a backcountry chalet for the rest of the season.

The Sprague Fire is not threatening Sperry Chalet, but is burning near Sperry Trail, which is used to access to the chalet.

Chalet officials say guests with reservations will receive full refunds.

The lightning-caused fire started late last week. Thirty-nine of the 42 guests staying at the chalet at the time hiked out via a 13-mile-long (21 kilometers-long) trail that crosses two mountain passes and takes eight to 10 hours to walk.

Glacier spokeswoman Lauren Alley tells the Missoulian (https://bit.ly/2uGB7So ) that the other three were flown out by helicopter.

The Sprague Fire was burning in heavily forested terrain, making fighting the fire difficult.

The chalet’s 2017 summer season was to run from July 9 through Sept. 10.

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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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