(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
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Yellowstone: Succession stages
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