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Aug 20, 2013 12:56 AM by Q2 News

Yellowstone Park fires grow, pump more smoke into Montana

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Three active fires in Yellowstone National Park, and a fourth fire within a few miles of the Beartooth Pass Highway, continue to pump plenty of smoke into southeastern Montana.

Inside Yellowstone, firefighting crews are keeping a wary eye, on the Alum Fire.

That lightning caused blaze was discovered last Wednesday burning west of the Mud Volcano, and has now grown to 4,000 acres in size.

The Alum's fire perimeter is now within a mile of the Grand Loop Road.

Structure protection is underway in Fishing Bridge, Lake Village, and Bridge Bay should the fire advance toward those areas.

Elsewhere, the Alder fire at the south end of Yellowstone Lake, is now 2,000 acres in size.

The Alder fire is burning on a peninsula, and is hemmed in by water on three sides.

Several back country campsites are temporarily closed due to the fire.

Also the Druid Fire, near Druid Peak, is visible at times from along the park's Northeast Entrance road.

The Druid Fire is approximately 75 acres in size,and also was started by lightning.

Just outside the park's boundary, the Lost Lake Fire is burning in the Beartooth Mountains of the Shoshone National Forest.

The Lost Lake Fire has burned only 30 acres, but it is only three and a half miles north of the Beartooth Highway.

That lightning-sparked fire has also forced the closure of several back country trails.

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