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Growing wildfire keeps road closed outside Old Faithful

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 13:58:08-04

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — A wildfire that has closed a road near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park continues to grow. The fire, 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of Old Faithful, has grown to well over 1 square mile (1.5 square kilometers).

The fire is spreading away from the busy Old Faithful area but toward a road. Park officials have closed a 19-mile stretch of the road from West Thumb Junction to Old Faithful since Saturday night.

Lightning started the fire Saturday and it is burning through lodgepole pine, spruce and fir trees.