Rainy weather cools Yellowstone-area wildfire

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- Cold rain and high-elevation snow are beating back a wildfire that has closed the southern approach to Yellowstone National Park.

Firefighters hope to reopen the road through the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway sometime Tuesday afternoon.

Strong wind caused the fire to make a six-mile run Sunday. The fire raced across the highway north and south of the Flagg Ranch resort.

Firefighters say they were prepared and had water tanks in place. They sprayed water on the buildings to keep them from burning. The resort already was evacuated and closed for the winter.

The fire began in July and has been burned about 32 square miles of woodland between Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Some 200 firefighters plan to keep fighting the fire before starting to demobilize Wednesday.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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