248 fires started in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in 1988, twenty-eight of which erupted inside the National Park.
More than 25,000 firefighters fought the blazes, with as many as 9,000 on duty at any one time.
About 1.2 million acres were scorched. 793,000 (36%) of the Park’s 2,221,800 acres were burned.
Today, a quarter of a century later, dead lodgepole pines can be seen almost everywhere. Many, still standing, are just waiting to topple over. Some visually interesting juxtapositions of new growth and old are common, too.
We now know of course that fires are beneficial to wilderness areas, as this four minute YouTube video demonstrates.
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