Yellowstone Fire Grows

Officials say park still safe to visit despite 10,000-acre blaze
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2009 3:27 AM CDT

A wildfire at Yellowstone has consumed almost 10,000 acres of pine forest and closed one of the main roads through the national park. Hundreds of firefighters are working to manage the blaze and keep it away from the park infrastructure. The fire has been burning for at least two weeks but officials hope it will die down soon when cooler, wetter weather moves in.  "What we're facing here is this little window where this fire can be very active," a park official told the Billings Gazette.

Yellowstone is still safe to visit, although conditions will be too smoky for people with lung or heart problems, according to the park's director. The blaze "may be a little disconcerting for East Coasters not used to wildfires, but travelers and tourists can call the park and check the web sites for updates on the fires," he said. (More forest fire stories.)

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