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(Paul Fraughton | The Salt Lake Tribune) A firefighter watches as fire burns on a hillside at Yellowstone National Park in 1988.
A Look Back: The Tribune’s shots of the ’88 Yellowstone fire

First Published Aug 23 2013 07:21 am • Last Updated Aug 30 2013 07:23 am

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.

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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

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

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