Yellowstone Park Wildfire Closes 20 Mile Loop of Main Road

TETON, Wyo., Sept. 28 (UPI) — Part of the main road encircling Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming has been closed due to a wildfire, officials say.

A 20-mile section of the Grand Loop Road that encircles Yellowstone park between West Thumb and Fishing Bridge Junctions was closed Sunday as firefighters battled the 6,500-acre Arnica Fire, CNN reported.

The fire was reportedly started by lightning on Sept. 13 and recently exploded in size. The National Park Service says the fire has “high” growth potential and indicated it probably wouldn’t be contained until the end of next month.

“The fire has approached a segment of the road near Arnica Creek and travel is unsafe,” CNN quoted the NPS as saying in an advisory.

Yellowstone receives more than 2.5 million visitors each year, mostly from late June through mid-August.

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