Lone Star Fire Stagnates, Grand Loop Reopens Thursday

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Loop Road between Old Faithful and West Thumb Junction will be reopened some time Thursday after rains dampened the 820-are Lone Star Fire in the park, officials announced.

The National Park Service, in an update on the blaze that was sparked Saturday by lightning, said the fire did not grow significantly Wednesday because of heavy rains and thunderstorms in the area Wednesday night.

The Park Service is predicting containment of the fire by Oct. 30.

The fire is burning in stands of lodgepole, spruce and fir and is being worked by 38 firefighters.

Firefighters will also hike into the Howard Eaton and Shoshone Lake trails to observe fire behavior on the heel and northwest flank of the fire and note the effects of Wednesday night’s precipitation.

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