KALISPELL, MT.—Wildfires that have kept portions of Glacier National Park closed for two weeks are scrambling visitors’ plans and prompting some to cancel their trips.
Much of Glacier’s famous Going-to-the-Sun Road has been closed since August 12 because of a fire that’s burned more than 50 square kilometres and destroyed historic cabins and other structures around Lake McDonald.
It’s the third time in four years that fires have shut down the iconic road. More than 225 kilometres of hiking trails in Glacier also were closed as of last week.
Tourism usually slows in August, but this year has been especially tough, said Phyllis Jackson, who owns a gift shop in Apgar Village near Lake McDonald.
“People are not hanging around Apgar if they can’t see the lake,” Jackson told the Flathead Beacon newspaper. “Once the fires hit, there’s always a big drop in business.”