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Officials investigating human-caused fire at Yellowstone National Park

Posted at 12:38 PM, Jul 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 14:38:40-04
Fire burns near the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. (Photo: National Park Service)

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — A four-acre fire was quickly contained Friday evening in Yellowstone National Park and appears to be human-caused, according to a YNP press release.

The release said that around 6 p.m. Friday a fire began spreading through the North Entrance Station and the Gardiner River.

The North Entrance Road was closed for approximately 90 minutes until personnel from Yellowstone, the town of Gardiner, and Paradise Valley contained the fire that was burning through grass and sage.

The fire is under investigation, according to the press release, and anyone who has information about people using the picnic area near the entrance station is encouraged to call the park’s 24-hour Tip Line at 307-344-2132. Callers can remain anonymous.

National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service crews will be in the field Saturday to finish up working the fire.