North Entrance Fire Was Human-Caused
Written by wendycorr on July 29, 2019
Yellowstone National Park officials are asking for the public’s help in determining who started a fire near the north entrance Friday evening.
The fire began spreading through the grass and sage between the North Entrance station and the Gardner River on July 26th at around 6 p.m. According to a news release from the Park, personnel from Yellowstone National Park, the town of Gardiner, and Paradise Valley responded.
The fire was contained at approximately 4 acres, including a half-acre spot fire on the other side of the Gardner River. The North Entrance Road was closed for approximately 90 minutes until the fire was contained, but outbound traffic was still able to exit the park via the Old Gardiner Road.
Park staff credited the quick response by fire crews in preventing threats to visitors and buildings.
Because the fire was human caused, it is under investigation. Anyone who was in the area on Friday evening and 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.