Fire Burning in Yellowstone National Park

By Beacon Staff

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – More crews and aircraft are expected to help with a 385-acre wildfire burning near the center of Yellowstone National Park.

Fire managers say two more hot shot crews, two hand crews and three more helicopters have been ordered to fight the fire burning two miles south of Beach Lake. The blaze was about a half acre when it was first spotted Sunday, but gusty winds drove it to about 385 acres by Monday afternoon.

Two hot shot crews arrived Monday. Three helicopters and two air tankers were also being used.

The fire is burning seven miles southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground. Park officials say all roads and trails remain open.

Officials don’t know yet how the fire started. It’s the fourth fire this year in Yellowstone.