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Heavy Rain Helps Cool Yellowstone Wildfires

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Heavy rain has helped cool off wildfires burning in Yellowstone National Park.

Half an inch of rain fell Wednesday on the biggest fire in the park. The Alum Fire has burned about 12 square miles of wilderness north of Lake Village.

On Tuesday, the fire forced park officials to close a section of the road between Fishing Bridge and Canyon Village. Park officials also made preliminary plans to evacuate Lake Village, a threat that now looks increasingly unlikely.

Five fires are burning in mostly remote areas of Yellowstone and parts of the park got up to an inch of rain Wednesday.

A national incident management team is now overseeing the fires.

Park officials say they’re not changing their strategy of mostly letting the fires burn to help the ecosystem.

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