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21:40  18 july  2019
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The fire also damaged a park radio repeater at the 88-year-old structure, located southwest of Mammoth Hot Springs and north of Madison Junction.

"Built in 1931, and renovated in 1998, the Mount Holmes Fire Lookout maintained its historic-era role as one of Yellowstone National Park's staffed lookout stations until 2007," Yellowstone National Park Deputy Superintendent Pat Kenney said in a statement from the park.

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"The building was eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, both for its significance in early park resource protection efforts, and as an outstanding example of the rustic architectural style that typified early park architecture. We are disappointed that this historic structure, as a window into the past, is gone."

Historic Yellowstone ‘fire lookout’ burns down
Historic Yellowstone ‘fire lookout’ burns down
Historic Yellowstone ‘fire lookout’ burns down
Historic Yellowstone ‘fire lookout’ burns down

The fire was first discovered by an employee staffing the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout. The park fire chief and two others attempted to fly to the 10,000-foot lookout on Wednesday morning to assess the damage, but they didn't land as the helicopter was diverted to a higher priority incident outside the park.

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They made another attempt Wednesday afternoon but was thwarted by high winds. They will make additional attempts within the next few days.

But they did get a photo of the charred remains of the 88-year-old structure.

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"As of today, the Mount Holmes Trail west of the junction with the Trilobite Lake Trail and the summit of Mount Holmes are closed," the park said. "The closure will remain in effect until the unsafe conditions are assessed, mitigated, and no longer pose a threat to public safety."

The Mount Washburn Fire Lookout is staffed seven days a week from mid-June to mid-September, and three additional lookouts can be staffed.

Photos showing charred remains of the lookout from afar and close up, and what it looked like previously are courtesy of Yellowstone National Park.

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