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Aug 30, 2012 9:30 PM by MTN News

Yellowstone Park fire forces road closure

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - A wildfire burning in Yellowstone National Park has forced the temporary closure of the road from Norris to Canyon.

Increased activity on the Cygnet Fire is creating low visibility along that section of roadway.

Park officials say the closure is also necessary to allow firefighters to work safely along the roadway.

Officials point out that in spite of the road closure, there are still alternate routes in the park so visitors should be able to get to their destination with little inconvenience.

The Cygnet Fire was sparked by lightning and was first discovered on August 10.

The fire is burning 5 miles southwest of Canyon Village.

As of Thursday afternoon, it was approximately 1700 acres in size.

Park officials say the roadway will reopen as soon as possible.

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