WPR News
6:53 pm
Mon September 28, 2009

Yellowstone fire complicates travel

Laramie, WY – A wildfire in Yellowstone National Park continues to grow. It now covers 9300 acres, up from 1600 late Friday. Fire Information Officer, Brian Suderman says 230 people are fighting the fire, but there is no effort to contain it, because it is providing a benefit to habitat and wildlife in the park. He says the fire has closed part of the main road through Yellowstone while construction has closed the other half.
"And so right now it is impossible for visitors to move from the north end of the park to the south end of the park without going way outside of the park and around."
Suderman says the road will be closed through today and tonight, but it will re-open as soon as possible. The fire is also within a mile of some structures and a campground, and firefighters are working to protect them. They were already closed for the winter.