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Dry weather expected in Yellowstone this weekend

Published On: Aug 30 2013 10:45:57 AM MDT
OTD August 20 - Yellowstone fires

National Park Service

1988: Firefighting continues in Yellowstone National Park, with the wildfires burning so much ground and producing such thick black smoke that the day is labeled "Black Saturday." The fires were part of a series of nearly 250 wildfires that burned through the park starting in June. On Sept. 8, 1988, the entire park was closed to all non-emergency personnel for the first time in its history.


A new wildfire has started in Yellowstone National Park but officials report no issues with any of the fires burning in the park.
Storms on Thursday brought rain to the Alum (AL'-um) Fire burning about 5 miles northwest of Fishing Bridge Junction. However, the storms also were accompanied by lightning that started at least one new fire about a mile away.
The National Park Service says more than 700 lightning strikes occurred in the park Thursday afternoon so additional fire starts are expected. Dry, warmer weather also is expected this weekend.
All park roads and major tourist facilities are open. The five fires that have been burning in the park this week have shown little activity and are just being monitored.