Buffalo Bill Lodge Braces for Fire

Laramie, WY – A 17-thousand-acre wildfire that closed the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park is now threatening a historic lodge at the Pahaska Teepee Resort just outside park boundaries.

The western icon Buffalo Bill Cody built the lodge in 1904 to attract visitors from Yellowstone. Now flames are encroaching on the building, which is covered in heavy foil to protect it against the fire. Resort owner Angela Coe says the situation looks grim.

It's a piece of history that if it burns, it can't be replaced, Coe said.

The lodge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests and nearly all employees voluntarily evacuated the area yesterday. A spokeswoman for the firefighting effort says the resort still has a chance -- flames would have to jump a ridgeline before reaching it.