Wildfire Blocks Southern Entrance to Yellowstone National Park

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Travelers to Yellowstone National Park were being warned about hazards on area roads Sunday as firefighters worked to extinguish a wildfire blocking an entrance to the popular park.

The fire, which began last month in neighboring Grand Teton National Park, was blocking Yellowstone’s south entrance, near the resort town of Jackson, Wyo. Wildfire managers were letting the fire continue to burn on Jackson Lake’s west side, where no buildings or people are threatened, The Associated Press reported.

National Park Service officials said fires had forced the closure of U.S. Highway 89 between Yellowstone and Grand Teton, but both parks remained open to visitors. Fire managers on Sunday anticipated being able to reopen the highway by Tuesday but said that decision could change depending on weather and fire conditions.

Firefighters chopped down trees and searched for hot spots on steep hillsides as they battled the fire, after strong winds blew down several trees Saturday, blocking some roadways, AP reported.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Greg Toppo