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Wildfire Closes in on Famous Yellowstone Resort

Wildfire Closes in on Famous Yellowstone Resort

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Firefighters east of Yellowstone National Park are preparing to make a stand at a famous lodge founded by Buffalo Bill Cody over 100 years ago.

The Columbine fire has blackened some 17,000 acres, or more than 26 square miles. The fire began in eastern Yellowstone last weekend and flames spread outside of the park yesterday.

Today, the fire is just a couple miles from the Pahaska Tepee Resort. The resort's last guests left Tuesday and nearly all staff left yesterday, when a pre-evacuation order was issued for an 8-mile-long area outside Yellowstone's east gate.

About 100 structures are in that area, including several lodges and summer cabins.

Over 160 firefighters and support personnel are on the Columbine fire, and fire information officer Jill Cobb says about half those people are protecting the Pahaska Tepee resort.

The Buffalo Bill Lodge at the resort is on the National Register of Historic Places. Parts of the lodge have been wrapped in heavy protective foil.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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