Photos: Yellowstone rebounds, 25 years after ‘tragic mistake’

1988 Yellowstone fires

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Twenty-five years ago, in a drought-parched and wildfire-swollen summer, 248 separate blazes charred 1.2 million acres in the greater Yellowstone area, while 50 fires inside Yellowstone National Park consumed more than a third of the park’s grounds. To date, it’s the worst wildfire in Yellowstone history.

Tuesday, Aug. 20, marks a quarter-century since Yellowstone's worst single day, when, according to the National Park Service, winds increased the fire’s range by 150,000 acres.

This photo gallery includes more information from the Park Service’s “History of Wildland Fire in Yellowstone” and features scenes from a summer when fires in and near the park roared through more than a million acres over several weeks, shut down tourism and prompted government officials to reconsider their fire mitigation efforts. — Tim Skillern

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