Precipitation on Berry Fire allows reopening of south entrance to Yellowstone

The highway reopened September 13 after being closed since September 11.

Originally published at 1:39 p.m. MDT September 14, 2016.

Precipitation, which included snow in the higher elevations, put a damper on the Berry Fire and allowed officials to reopen the south entrance into Yellowstone National Park and Highway 89 on September 13. The highway had been closed since September 11 when the fire ran to the northeast for six miles in northwest Wyoming. The blaze ran for about six miles from Grand Teton National Park toward the northeast, burning another 6,000 acres, and forced evacuations at the Flagg Ranch, the north entrance station into Grand Teton National Park, and Sheffield Campground on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

On Wednesday crews will continue to secure the Flagg Ranch area, which is still closed, and improve safety along the Grassy Lake Road corridor.

Mt. Washburn Yellowstone
This was the view from Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone National Park looking northeast at 1:44 p.m. MDT, September 14, 2016. NPS photo.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+