Glacier latest US park to be scorched by Western wildfires

  • In this photo taken Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, a fire burns next to Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park in northwest Montana. The fire, which was started by lightning on Saturday night, has forced the evacuation of the Lake McDonald Lodge and a nearby campground. (Chris Peterson/Hungry Horse News via AP)

  • Park Ranger Mercedes O’Grady working at the intersection of Apgar Loop and Going-to-the-Sun Road on Monday, August 13, 2018, in Glacier National Park. Traffic attempting to go into the park had to be stopped at this point and rerouted through East Glacier if they were trying to reach Logan Pass, or told they would have to wait if they had left things behind Sunday night in the evacuations. (Brenda Ahearn/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

  • Park Ranger Elizabeth Boyden talks with a visitor at the intersection of Apgar Loop and Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park on Monday, August 13. Visitors had to be stopped at Apgar and rerouted either to East Glacier, from which visitors can still reach Logan Pass, or toward North Glacier. (Brenda Ahearn/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

  • A boat taking off from Apgar heads across Lake McDonald on Monday morning, Aug. 13, 2018. Three fires burning in the park have reduced visibility and air quality. (Brenda Ahearn/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

  • In this photo taken Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, an air tanker drops water over a wildfire burning in Glacier National Park, Mont. The fire was started by lightning on Saturday night and forced the evacuation of the Lake McDonald Lodge and closed part of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road in the park. (Chris Peterson/Hungry Horse News via AP)

  • From left, Yaqmur Abay from Turkey and Anne Ruiz from Spain, two summer employees in Glacier National Park, sit on the edge of the Apgar dock with the feet in the water of Lake McDonald on Monday morning, Aug. 13, 2018. The iconic view into the park has been completely obscured and air quality has been significantly affected by multiple wildfires which are currently burning. (AP/Daily Inter Lake, Brenda Ahearn)

A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Montana’s Glacier National Park, as officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park following a two-week closure at the height of the summer season.

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