Fire in heart of Yellowstone closes road

2013-08-20T13:08:00Z 2013-08-25T15:46:18Z Fire in heart of Yellowstone closes roadThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 20, 2013 1:08 pm  • 

Because of 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 13-mile section of road is closed from Fishing Bridge Junction to the South Rim Drive of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

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.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — More firefighters are arriving to bolster defenses against a wildfire burning in the heart of Yellowstone National Park.

The Alum Fire is one of five burning in the park. It showed limited growth Tuesday.

But while the other fires are in remote areas well away from developed areas, the Alum Fire is close enough to facilities along the northwest shore of Yellowstone Lake to cause some concern.

About 150 firefighters were expected to be on hand Tuesday evening and firefighting equipment is being positioned in the Lake, Fishing Bridge and Bridge Bay areas in case the fire moves in their direction.

The fire is just west of the southeast section of the Grand Loop Road north of Yellowstone Lake. Started by lightning, it had burned about seven square miles.

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