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UPDATE: Yellowstone's historic Mount Holmes Fire Lookout; Trail closure lifted and investigation wraps up

burned fire lookout on top of mountain
Remains of burned Mt. Holmes Fire Lookout

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News Release Date: August 5, 2019

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

  • The week of July 29, structure fire staff investigated the burned Mount Holmes Fire Lookout, cleaned up the site, and mitigated all of the hazards. 
  • Staff also repaired the radio repeater. 
  • The Mount Holmes Trail west of the junction with the Trilobite Lake Trail and the summit of Mount Holmes is now open. 
  • The investigation confirmed that the building burned from the top down due to a lightning strike.
  • At this point, park managers do not have plans to rebuild the lookout. 
  • Tuesday, July 16, in the afternoon, the historic Mount Holmes Fire Lookout burned to the ground having been struck by lightning from a severe thunderstorm in the area.
  • For additional information, please read the July 17, 2019, news release

Last updated: August 5, 2019

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