Evacuated Glacier Park lodge won’t re-open this season
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — A century-old lodge in Glacier National Park that was evacuated last weekend due to a wildfire will not re-open this season.
It’s the second straight year the Lake McDonald Lodge is closing early.
Fire information officer Diane Sime said Friday that Xanterra officials decided to close the lodge because of the uncertainty of when it might be safe to re-open. It had been scheduled to close on Sept. 26.
The lodge closed for the season in late August 2017 due to heavy smoke from a wildfire that burned more than 26 square miles (69 square kilometers) and the Sperry Chalet on the east side of Lake McDonald, leaving only its rock walls standing.
This year, a fire northwest of the lake has burned 13 homes, 14 other structures and more than 5 square miles (14 square kilometers) of land.