Yellowstone fire draws more firefighters

17 August 2016

published by http://trib.com


USA —YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — More firefighters were being sent to try to extinguish a new wildfire burning on the west end of Yellowstone National Park.

The fire that began Monday is about 4 miles north of the town of West Yellowstone. The fire has burned only about 200 acres, but it’s been growing and officials say its proximity to the town and other issues prompted them to immediately fight it.

About 60 firefighters have been brought in, with more on the way. They’re being supported by air tankers and helicopters.

Four other fires are burning in the park, but all major tourist areas and roads remain open.

One of the fires is burning near the West Thumb Geyser Basin but firefighters have kept that to about an acre.

Other fires were burning outside the park, including a nearly 1,300-acre blaze southwest of the town of Meeteetse. The fire, which was ignited by lightning on Aug. 8, is 40 percent contained. More than 500 firefighters are working that blaze.