Revived wildfire closes Yellowstone park's south gate again

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Posted: Sep 12, 2016 1:13 PM

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A wildfire that roared back to life closed the south gate to Yellowstone National Park again Monday and forced employees to flee.

The same blaze shut down the entrance for nine days late last month. The fire had died down until winds picked up Sunday, taking firefighters by surprise.

Authorities closed U.S. 89/191/287 between the Lizard Creek Campground in Grand Teton National Park and Lewis Lake in Yellowstone.

All park employees were accounted for and safe, officials said.

"The main thing we want to do is have accountability for everybody out there," fire information officer Jake Brollier told the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

Firefighters were optimistic that cooler weather and higher humidity, with a chance of snow, would help.

The fire has burned more than 32 square miles of woodland in and around the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway between Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.