YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Crews have finished cleaning up the site of the historic Mount Homes Fire Lookout after a lightning strike burned it to the ground on July 17.
According to a press release from Yellowstone National Park, structure fire staff spent the week of July 29 investigating the site, cleaning up, and mitigating all hazards. Staff also repaired the radio repeater. Hazards have all been successfully mitigated, so the Mount Holmes Trail west of the junction with the Trilobite Lake Trail and the summit of Mount Holmes is now open.
The investigation confirmed that the building burked from the top down due to a lightning strike.
There are no plans to rebuild the lookout at this point.
The Mount Holmes Fire Lookout was built in 1931 and renovated in 1998, and was one of the park’s staffed fire lookout stations until 2007. It was included in the National Register of Historic Places “both for its significance in early park resource protection efforts and as an outstanding example of the rustic architectural style that typified early park architecture,” Yellowstone National Park Deputy Superintendent Pat Kenney said in a July 17 press release.