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Mon August 13, 2007
Fire Closes East Entrance
Cody, Wy – The East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park remains closed this morning. A
wind-driven wildfire forced officials to close it Sunday.
Linda Miller is park spokeswoman. She says this morning (Monday)
that the Columbine Fire is still burning close to the East Entrance
Park Spokesman Al Nash said yesterday (Sunday) that about 25
miles of the road between the East Entrance and near Fishing Bridge
inside the park on the north side of Yellowstone Lake were closed
Until the east gate is reopened, travelers from Cody must detour
29 miles through Montana to enter the park.
The fire was started by lightning last Thursday. It grew from an
estimated 2,500 acres on Saturday to an estimated 12,000 acres, or
about 18 square miles, yesterday (Sunday).
Through July this year, more than 208,000 visitors have passed
through the park's East Entrance.