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None killed, few hurt in Yellowstone fires

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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 3:58 pm

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth story in an ongoing series this summer about the 25th anniversary of the Yellowstone Fires in July-August 1988.)

It was hot enough to swim in the lake at Steamboat Point, Dr. Richard Anderson remembers about the summer of 1988.

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  • Dewey V posted at 11:03 am on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    DeweyV Posts: 208

    To parse your statement that no one was killed fighting the Yellowstone Fires of '88 , it should be mentioned that a firefighter and a spotter plane pilot were indeed killed just outside the Park. The so-called " Yellowstone Fires" should not be constrained to just the fires that burned within the boundaries of Yellowstone Park proper , which are made up map lines not reflective of the topography. Only the very eastern boundary of Yellowstone Park makes sense on the ground, but the fires blew right past that ,too. In two more days they would have been on Rattlesnake Mountain on the skyline above Cody had we not been gifted with heavy wet weather on September 9 that year, ending the drought that began in late May.

    The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Fires of '88 would be a better term to use. The US had over 300 major named wildfires that summer. Media coverage of the fires was all over the board, including unscientific sensationalism, and some overt science fiction even.