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Yellowstone: fire season

[Monday August 4, 2008] A hot, dry summer trumps the winter snowpack and cool spring as the ‘forest fire season’ begins in the Greater Yellowstone region. Two fires, one in the park near Fishing Bridge and one in the Beartooth Mountains near Red Lodge, Montana are currently affecting traffic and tourist plans. The “Cascade Fire” is only six miles from …

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Yellowstone area fire status – updates, map

Updated: Saturday August 9, 2008. Details below the map. Higher humidity, some cooling, and the passage of numerous thunderstorm over the past several days have greatly reduced the activity of all fires in the Greater Yellowstone Region. While not quite ‘all quiet’, conditions for visitors to the area are ‘normal’ (with the possible exception of smoke and visibility problems along the Cody Memorial Highway …

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When bears attack: Avoiding a confrontation

Last week’s news about a seemingly random attack on a camper by a grizzly bear in a campground near the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park should serve as your regular reminder about the need for preparedness at all times when visiting the region — even in the case of what appeared to have been a random attack. Steven Bartley, …

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Sylvan Pass: Open in winter, conditionally

[Thursday July 24, 2008]  Now that we’re in the middle of summer, it may be hard to visualize what the fuss is about in keeping Sylvan Pass and the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park open in winter. However, in Yellowstone winter snows are never too far away; in fact, the Sylvan Pass was closed for a time in June because …

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Yellowstone springs into summer

[Monday June 16, 2008] Winter in Yellowstone did indeed end last Friday (Friday the 13th of June). After three major snow storms since just before Memorial Day weekend – with all the attendant road closings; the Greater Yellowstone Area is finally enjoying a string of real spring days. Day temperatures are firmly fixed in the 60’s (15C) and nights flirt …

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LeHardys Rapids and Trout Lake – The struggle to reproduce

Every year about this time (mid-June to the end of July), cutthroat trout of Yellowstone Park begin the search for the waters of their birth. It’s time to spawn – to lay and fertilize eggs in the gravel of streams and rivers so that the cycle of life continues. But it isn’t easy. Two locations make a good example of …

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Pennsylvania boy tossed by bison

[Friday June 27, 2008]  Somebody shouts, “Don’t do that!” But they do it anyway. The big bull bison is sitting placidly, probably ruminating. Nothing about it suggests irritation, agility, and speed. The family lines up for a picture, a foot or two in front of the bison – a picture never to be forgotten. Quicker than a flash the bison …

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Entertaining the kids with these surefire Yellowstone treats

Picture a family of four on a trip through Yellowstone National Park. There's Mom, Dad, Jack and Jill. Jack and Jill are twins; both ten, and both notoriously impatient. They don't have time to sit around and wait for Grand Geyser or Daisy Geyser to erupt -- they need quick and easy stimuli. Mom and Dad are scared. 

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Artists’ Paintpots area closed after accident

[Monday June 2, 2008] Yellowstone National Park’s Artists’ Paintpots area is temporarily closed after a Park visitor walking on a marked trail  broke through the earth’s crust and suffered burns to an ankle and lower leg. Jeannette Hogan was walking in the popular area north of Norris Junction when she stepped in a puddle of rainwater on the edge of …

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What makes a geyser grand and faithful? It’s all in the water

Text by Sean Reichard; illustration by NH King Anyone who’s been to Yellowstone National Park has seen Old Faithful at least once. It may not be the tallest geyser — Steamboat Geyser is — or even the most impressive — our vote goes to Grand Geyser — but Old Faithful still has its charms and advantages. Though smaller than both Steamboat …

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