The Latest: More firefighters head to Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in the Western United States (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

More firefighters are headed to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in northwest Wyoming.

A fire in Grand Teton park made a 5-mile run Monday, forcing the closure of a 10-mile stretch of road that leads into Yellowstone’s South Entrance. More than 4,000 vehicles a day, on average, pass through the south Entrance this time of year. A 60-space campground in Grand Teton also was evacuated.

In neighboring Yellowstone, a fire burning near the West Entrance Road grew bigger Monday and a new team of fire managers was being brought in to help, although the fire was not being actively suppressed yet.

All roads and major tourist areas in Yellowstone remain open, but firefighters are thinning trees and underbrush near the road and the Madison Junction. area as the fire grows.


7:45 a.m.

Crews have fully surrounded a massive Southern California wildfire that burned for a week and destroyed 105 homes and 216 outbuildings.

The state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection syas the blaze in San Bernardino County mountain areas is 100 percent contained Tuesday after charring nearly 57 square miles of drought-dry brush.

Investigators are searching for the cause of the fire that broke out last Tuesday about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

Meanwhile nearly 1,900 homes are threatened by a wildfire on California’s central coast that grew slightly overnight to nearly 58 square miles.

The blaze in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties remains 35 percent contained after destroying 36 homes.


6:05 a.m.

A destructive wildfire continues to grow as it threatens homes on California’s central coast, where more than 2,400 people are under evacuation orders.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday that the blaze has charred nearly 58 square miles of brush in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties.

Spokesman Brian Steiger says the fire is 35 percent contained after destroying 36 homes and 16 other buildings.

Hearst Castle, the palatial ocean-view estate popular among tourists, remains closed because of proximity to the fire.

Eighty miles up the coast, California’s biggest fire has burned through nearly 135 square miles of timber and brush in rugged terrain along coastal Highway 1 north of Big Sur. It’s 60 percent contained. More than 400 homes remained threatened by the fire.

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