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UPDATE: West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park reopens following Sept. 12 temporary closure
- West Thumb Geyser Basin, located in the southern part of Yellowstone National Park, is now open.
- Today, Yellowstone’s structural fire crew determined the area is safe to access.
- Read the Sept. 12 Heads Up below for details about the temporary closure.
West Thumb Geyser Basin, located in the southern part of Yellowstone National Park, will be closed until further notice due to hazardous conditions.
- On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Northwestern Energy staff reported smoke coming out of a small building near the bookstore that houses a solar battery energy storage system at West Thumb Geyser Basin.
- Park structural fire crews were notified and dispatched to the location. They did not see flames when they arrived, but there was smoke. The exterior of the building was not damaged.
- Battery fumes are corrosive and hazardous when inhaled. To ensure visitor and employee safety, West Thumb Geyser Basin will be closed until the batteries have fully discharged and fumes have dissipated from the area.
- The area will continue to be monitored and evaluated by the park structural fire crew and the geyser basin will reopen when it is deemed safe.
Last updated: September 23, 2022