Yellowstone fires expected to stay away from tourists

Associated Press
POSTED: 9:59 AM Aug 29 2013   UPDATED: 10:34 AM Aug 29 2013
Alum fire
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -

Officials are confident that a wildfire burning in the heart of Yellowstone National Park will stay away from several major tourist areas during the busy Labor Day weekend.
    
The Alum (AL'-um) Fire has burned about 7,300 acres. It is located on the ridge about five miles northwest of Fishing Bridge Junction on the north side of Yellowstone Lake. Fishing Bridge, Lake Village and Bridge Bay are major tourist areas nearby.
    
The fire hasn't grown much over the last few days and all park campgrounds, lodging, stores, service stations, restaurants and other facilities are open.
    
While the fire is not expected to move toward Fishing Bridge, Lake Village or Bridge Bay, firefighters have done extensive work to ensure the protection of these areas should the fire make an unexpected move.