Yellowstone Confirms Fire Tower Was Destroyed by Lightning
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials have confirmed that a lightning strike sparked a fire that destroyed a historic lookout tower during a severe thunderstorm.
Park staff have cleaned up the site and repaired a radio repeater at the burned-out Mount Holmes Fire Lookout, but there are no plans to restore the building.
An employee manning the lookout on top of Wyoming’s Mount Washburn reported the fire July 16. The tower, which was burned to the ground, was built in 1931 at an elevation of about 10,000 feet (3,048 meters).
Park officials have reopened the summit and the Mount Holmes Trail.