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08/09/1988 Yellowstone National Park is closed for the first time

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The Story Behind the Yellowstone Fires of 1988 | Retro Report | The New York Times

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Raw: Fires in Yellowstone, Grand Teton Parks

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Yellowstone National Park: Wildland Fire

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Yellowstone Fire in 1988

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The Rebirth of Yellowstone: Born From Fire

The Yellowstone fires of 1988 collectively formed the largest wildfire in the recorded history of Yellowstone National Park in the US. The fires almost destroyed two major visitor destinations and, in September 1988, the entire park closed to all non-emergency personnel for the first time in its history.