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Sprague Fire

Glacier Park's Sperry Chalet as seen in June 2017.
Eric Whitney

The reconstruction of the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park is nearly complete after two seasons of work. The historic chalet was consumed by Sprague Fire in 2017, leaving only its stone exterior.

Guests will again be able to stay in the chalet in the 2020 season. Acting Glacier National Park spokesperson Gina Kerzman says that only the finishing touches are left on the Sperry Chalet.

Katherine Stats, West Glacier Paradise. Oil on linen panel 18x24.
Hockaday Museum of Art

Like thousands of tourists, businesses and locals, wildfire altered plans for some 40 artists participating in a residency program hosted by Kalispell’s Hockaday Museum of Art last summer.

Scaffolding at the scorched Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park, Oct. 2017.
Glacier National Park Conservancy

The U.S. Department of Interior Wednesday announced it’s secured $12 million to fund reconstruction of the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park.

Scaffolding at the scorched Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park, Oct. 2017.
Glacier National Park Conservancy

The architects designing the rebuild of Glacier National Park’s Sperry Chalet dormitory will be in Columbia Falls tonight to talk about the burned building’s history and what they have in mind for its future.

Scaffolding at the scorched Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park, Oct. 2017.
Glacier National Park Conservancy

The fundraising organization for Glacier National Park has hit its goal for donations to winterize the historic Sperry Chalet, partially burnt in a wildfire this summer.

Glacier National Park Conservancy set a goal of $106,000 to assess and stabilize the Sperry Chalet complex, which was scorched by the Sprague Fire this August.

This map shows the burn severity as of August 22, 2017 for the Park Creek Fire, one of the biggest fires in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest this year.
INCIWEB

The Helena-Lewis and Clark Forest lifted all fire related closures today. Several other national forests in Montana reduced fire restrictions or closures over the last several weeks. 

Glacier Park's Sperry Chalet as seen in June 2017.
Eric Whitney

Glacier National Park has begun stabilization work at the Sperry Chalet dormitory building to prepare for winter. The Park calls it a critical first step in preserving the original structure and rebuilding the historic building.

Glacier National Park's Sperry Chalet as seen on July 21, 2017.
Courtesy Bret Bouda

Thursday night, strong winds fanned the Sprague Fire burning in Glacier National Park and nearly doubled its size. The flames engulfed and destroyed the main rock and timber dormitory of the Sperry Chalet, which for more than a hundred years offered a haven of amenities to hikers in Glacier’s rugged backcountry.

Today, the internet is flooded with personal stories that together weave a history of the lost National Historic Landmark.

Glacier Park's Sperry Chalet as seen in June 2017.
Eric Whitney

One of Glacier National Park’s historic backcountry lodges was lost to the Sprague Fire Thursday evening.

The main building at the Sperry Chalet burned despite firefighters’ best efforts. The team had staged there for the past week to lay an extensive hose, sprinkler and pump system around all of the structures associated with the Chalet.