A Look Back: The Tribune’s shots of the ’88 Yellowstone fire
Published: August 25, 2013 03:51PM
Updated: August 30, 2013 07:23AM
Paul Fraughton | The Salt Lake Tribune A firefighter watches as fire burns on a hillside at Yellowstone National Park in 1988.

Twenty-five years ago, Yellowstone National Park suffered the worst fires in its history.

Multiple fires raged in and around the park, beginning in early June and continuing through late September. A total of 51 fires were recorded during the summer, with nine being human-caused and 42 being sparked by lightning.

The fires affected 793,880 acres — about 36 percent of the park — and, on Sept. 8, forced the closure of Yellowstone to all but emergency personnel for the first time in the park’s history.

About 25,000 people fought the fires, which cost $120 million to suppress.

— National Park Service

The Tribune wrote a series of articles about the fires on the 20th anniversary in 2008:

Yellowstone: Back from the Ashes

Wildland firefighting changed after 1988 Yellowstone fire

Yellowstone moose suffered the most among park’s large mammals

Yellowstone: Succession stages

Each Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune presents images from its archives in a special series called A Look Back. Every gallery of the series is available at www.sltrib.com/topics/lookback.

Here are some of the previous installments:

Early settlers’ homes

Episcopal mission on Navajo land in Bluff in 1950

Hotels and boarding houses in the late 1800s

Pony Express, postal service and telegraph in Utah

Early churches in Utah and Wyoming

The mining ghost town of Mercur

Construction of the Salt Lake Tabernacle

Historic buildings in Utah

30 years of iconic rock and roll in Utah

Life on the Ute Reservation in early the 1900s

Women’s fashion in the 1960s

Dogs in Utah around 1900

Utah’s early cultural diversity

Utah artists from the late 1800s to the early 1900s

Presidential visits to Utah from the 1860s

Hunting and fishing in the early 1900s

BYU, Utah football programs

Saloons, brewing companies in Utah around 1900

The centennial Days of ‘47 parade in downtown Salt Lake City from July 1947

Women’s fashion from 1949-50

Construction of the Salt Lake Temple and SLC in the 1800s

Utah college life from the 1930s to 1960s

Old newspaper advertisements

People and events in Salt Lake City from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s

Historical images of Sugar House

Aerial images of Salt Lake City in the 1960s

Historic photos of Temple Square

Historic scenes from Salt Lake City


The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

Salt Lake City in the 1900s

Key moments in Utah Jazz history

Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park from 1935 to 1951

Kennecott Utah Copper Mine in the 1930s and 1940s

Salt Lake City and other Utah cities in the 1800s

Geneva Steel