July 20, 2010 in Region

Yellowstone fire burning 385 acres

Associated Press
 

JACKSON, Wyo. – A 385-acre wildfire is burning near the center of Yellowstone National Park.

A research flight discovered the fire burning two miles south of Beach Lake on Sunday. Gusty winds helped it spread from about a half-acre to 150 acres Sunday and up to about 385 acres Monday.

Two hotshot crews joined the fight against the fire on Monday, boosting to 75 the number of people fighting the fire. Three helicopters and two air tankers are 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.

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