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Gib Mathers

October 03, 2013 7:36 am

How I spent the summer of 1988

Memories of the Fires of ’88 are etched into my brain like a burning brand.

October 01, 2013 8:13 am

After the fire

Many lessons were learned after 1988 Yellowstone fires

 

Many lessons were learned after 1988 Yellowstone fires

 

Current and former Yellowstone National Park superintendents and members of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition weren’t there to roast marshmallows and munch on hot dogs.

Yellowstone National Park wasn’t the only place where wildfires burned in 1988.

All hell broke loose at Old Faithful on Sept. 7, 1988.

That day, a firestorm from the North Fork Fire slammed Yellowstone National Park’s iconic geyser and everything around it. A historic inn, named for the famed tourist attraction, was in peril.

 

All hell broke loose at Old Faithful on Sept. 7, 1988.

That day, a firestorm from the North Fork Fire slammed Yellowstone National Park’s iconic geyser and everything around it. A historic inn, named for the famed tourist attraction, was in peril.

As everyone knowns, trees burned, animals fled in panic and buildings were destroyed during the fiery summer of 1988, but there was also a human cost.

August 20, 2013 8:40 am

Burned into memory

25 years ago, fiery ‘Black Saturday’ torched Yellowstone National Park

They called it “Black Saturday.”

When the historic fires in Yellowstone National Park were at their hottest in 1988, park officials were surprised the problem kept getting worse. They believed July rains would at least dampen the flames, as they always had in the past.