Wildfire near West Yellowstone 20 Percent Contained

Fire has burned 200 acres north of West Yellowstone

By Justin Franz

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Firefighters have stopped the growth of a wildfire burning on the west side of Yellowstone National Park.

The fire is burning about 4 miles north of West Yellowstone, Montana. It has burned nearly 200 acres.

Officials say they have contained about 20 percent of the fire and expect to make more progress over the next couple of days.

About 80 firefighters, aided by air tankers and helicopters, have been working to put it out because of its proximity to West Yellowstone.

It is one of six fires burning mainly in remote areas of the park. All major tourist areas remain open and unaffected.

The largest fire has burned about 21 square miles on the western side of Yellowstone.

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