Yellowstone South Entrance Reopens After Nearby Wildfire

Firefighters continue to douse wildfire in neighboring Grand Teton National Park

By Tristan Scott

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — The south entrance to Yellowstone National Park has reopened after being closed for more than a week because of a wildfire in neighboring Grand Teton National Park.

Firefighters doused hot spots and cleared downed and dangerous burned trees along the highway that runs up the east side of Grand Teton and to the Yellowstone entrance. The highway reopened overnight, and the Yellowstone gate opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Closing the entrance over the last week forced visitors coming up from the popular Jackson Hole area to take a detour that added about an hour of drive time to reach Yellowstone through Idaho and West Yellowstone, Montana.

The fires in Yellowstone and Grand Teton remain active and continue to grow. But all major tourist attractions and roads in Yellowstone are open.

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