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Several fires burning in Yellowstone National Park

Several fires burning in Yellowstone National Park

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — More firefighters are being sent to try to put out 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 180 acres but officials say its proximity to the town and other issues prompted them to immediately fight it.

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

One of the fires is burning near the West Thumb Geyser Basin, but firefighters have kept that to about an acre and are making progress on putting it out.

Elsewhere in Wyoming, firefighters have gained 40 percent containment on fires burning northwest of Cody and southwest of Meeteetse.

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