Fire near Old Faithful prompts closures

JACKSON, Wyo. — A lightning-caused wildfire reported this weekend near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park has led to the closure of a section of the grand loop as crews begin to battle the blaze.

The Lone Star Fire is burning about three miles south of Old Faithful near Lone Star Geyser. It was first discovered on Saturday, August 22 at around 5:15 p.m. The fire is an estimated 300 acres.

Authorities say Old Faithful is not in the fire’s path at this time, but staff is implementing protection measures for the Old Faithful area in the event the fire moves in that direction.

Resources have been ordered.

The Grand Loop Road south of Old Faithful between Kepler Cascades and West Thumb closed temporarily on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. due to smoke. The road remains closed.

Additional closures include backcountry campsites OA1, OA2, and OA3, as well as the Lone Star Geyser trail.

Lightning activity has been heavy throughout the park this past week and fire danger is very high. Campfires in the backcountry are not allowed.

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