The following is a press release from Yellowstone National Park:
Due to concerns for public safety arising from increased activity on the Alum Fire, a portion of the Grand Loop Road in Yellowstone National Park has been temporarily closed.
A seven and a half mile section of road is closed from Fishing Bridge Junction to the north past Mud Volcano to the Elk Antler Creek pull-out, which is in the south end of Hayden Valley.
During this temporary closure, all travel between Canyon Junction and the Fishing Bridge, Lake Village and Bridge Bay area requires a long detour through Old Faithful.
All other roads in Yellowstone are open, as are all park entrances, lodging, stores, campgrounds and other visitor services.
It is unknown how long this section of the road will be temporarily closed to travel.
Updated park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117. You can also follow the park on Twitter @YellowstoneNPS and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/YellowstoneNPS.