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Closed Due to Fires, Yellowstone's South Entrance Reopens

Several lightning-caused wildfires continue to burn in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks this week. 

The biggest blaze has damaged 55 square miles of protected terrain since it started on August 8. Another forced the closure of the south entrance to Yellowstone, requiring visitors coming from Jackson, Wyoming, to take an hourlong detour by car to reach the park's western entrance. 

On Tuesday, Yellowstone's south gate was reopened, even as firefighters continue to battle five separate blazes in the area. Fortunately, officials say that altogether the fires are affecting less than 2% of Yellowstone's land, and all major roads, entrances, and tourist attractions are currently open. 

Though firefighters seem to have the situation under control, the fires in both parks are expected to stay active over the next few days as a result of dry, warm weather.