UPDATE — 10:15 a.m. Wed., Aug. 21: The Grand Loop Road between Fishing Bridge and Canyon has be reopened after a brief closure due to the approaching Alum Fire. Park officials warn that the road will remain subject to closure on short notice if fire conditions change.
Yellowstone National Park officials announced late Tuesday that due to concerns for public safety arising from increased activity on the Alum Fire, a portion of the Grand Loop Road has been temporarily closed.
A 7.5-mile section of road is closed from Fishing Bridge north past Mud Volcano to the Elk Antler Creek pull-out, which is in the south end of Hayden Valley, the park’s public affairs office said in a statement.
During this temporary closure, all travel between Canyon Junction and the Fishing Bridge, Lake Village and Bridge Bay area requires a long detour through Old Faithful.
The Alum Fire had already prompted the closure of Mud Volcano and some other roadside picnic spots, and was burning within one mile of the Grand Loop Road.
Park officials did not say when the road might be reopened.
Updated park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117. You can also follow the park on Twitter @YellowstoneNPS and on Facebook.