Rain, Cool Temperatures Calm Yellowstone Wildfire

Evacuation orders remained in place for the Flagg Ranch resort.

In this Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, photo provided by the National Park Service, firefighters observe a wildfire's push to the northeast, after initiating sprinkler systems to protect structures around Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch in Moran, Wyo. A wildfire that roared back to life closed the south gate to Yellowstone National Park again Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 and forced employees to flee. The same blaze shut down the entrance for nine days late last month. The fire had died down until winds picked up Sunday, taking firefighters by surprise. Authorities closed U.S. 89/191/287 between the Lizard Creek Campground in Grand Teton National Park and Lewis Lake in Yellowstone. (Scott Guenther/National Park Service via AP)

In this Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, photo provided by the National Park Service, firefighters observe a wildfire’s push to the northeast, after initiating sprinkler systems to protect structures around Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch in Moran, Wyo. A wildfire that roared back to life closed the south gate to Yellowstone National Park again Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 and forced employees to flee. The same blaze shut down the entrance for nine days late last month. The fire had died down until winds picked up Sunday, taking firefighters by surprise. Authorities closed U.S. 89/191/287 between the Lizard Creek Campground in Grand Teton National Park and Lewis Lake in Yellowstone. (Scott Guenther/National Park Service via AP)

 

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The southern approach to Yellowstone National Park has reopened now that rain and cooler temperatures have calmed down a wildfire.

Strong wind caused the fire to make a 6-mile (10-kilometer) run Sunday. The fire raced over the highway that crosses through the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway between Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

Firefighters now are planning to scale back their efforts with help from rain and even some high-elevation snow.

An evacuation order remains in place for the Flagg Ranch resort. Firefighters sprayed water on the resort buildings to protect them Sunday.

The fire began in July and has been burned about 32 square miles (83 square kilometers) of woodland. Some 200 firefighters are on the scene.

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