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Fire and Ice close entrances into Yellowstone National Park

Fire and Ice close entrances into Yellowstone Nati
Posted at 2:02 PM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 09:25:36-04

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) -- Both fire and ice briefly hindered travel into Yellowstone National Park on the National Park Service's centennial anniversary.

Authorities closed a portion of the Beartooth Highway Wednesday night due to snow and ice from a summer snowstorm. Crews cleared the roadway and reopened it Thursday morning.

The popular two-lane mountain highway runs from Red Lodge, Montana, over the Beartooth Pass to Yellowstone's Northeast Entrance.

At the other end of the park, a wildfire has closed a portion of the road leading to Yellowstone's South Entrance since Monday.

Visitors heading to Thursday's celebration and concert in Yellowstone from the south face an hour-long detour into Idaho.

Photo Credit: Jess Page, NPS