Wet Weather Helping Extinguish Arnica Fire in Yellowstone

Yellowstone officials will be opening the road between Lake and West Thumb for short periods each morning beginning today to allow for public travel through the two miles of road affected by the Arnica Fire. There will be three opportunities each day: from 6 to 8 am; from noon to 1 pm; and from 6 to 8 pm.

During these open periods, Park staff will escort 2-way traffic, with a maximum of eight vehicles at a time in each direction. When the road is closed, crews will be working to remove hazardous trees along the road.

Thanks to the cold front that moved into the state yesterday, fire activity has diminished considerably, although heavy fuels may continue to smolder. The Lake Village area is accessible from the north, northeast and east entrances, and the Lake Hotel and Lake Lodge are open for business and are accessible 24 hours a day. The Old Faithful area is accessible from the south and west entrances.

The Elephant Back and Natural Bridge Trails remain closed, and officials remind visitors to stop at park visitor centers or area chambers of commerce for help with trip planning in and around the Park.

To access up-to-date information, call the 24-hour road information line at (307) 344-2117 or the fire information line at (307) 344-2580. You can also visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews...

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