Yellowstone: A Hot Time at Old Faithful

A Hot Time at Old Faithful

The bellman at the Old Faithful Inn knocked at 6:45 a.m. last Wednesday to begin an evacuation of the popular sight-seeing area surrounding Yellowstone Park's fabled geyser. As tourists became refugees, parts of the fire-ravaged park resembled a war zone. Clouds of smoke stretched as far away as Denver, 400 miles southeast. The worst flare-up, on Wednesday, roared through 56,000 acres in six hours and pushed to within a mile of the geyser. Flames 200 ft. high swooped down on a village not far from the Old Faithful Inn, destroying more than a dozen buildings. The fires have ruined 1.2 million...

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