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Early Bird fire scene

The Early Bird Fire near Lame Deer in May 1988 was the first warning of a fire season that saw 1.3 million acres in the Yellowstone National Park region burn.

CODY — The number of acres burned in Yellowstone National Park during the 2017 fire season totaled about one acre.

A year ago, 63,000 acres burned in the park, the most land singed in a single season since the 1988 record year when 793,880 of Yellowstone's 2.2-million acres were engulfed in flame.

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Yellowstone counted just eight fire incidents this year before autumn snow and rain moved in. Six of those were human-caused fires and just two were sparked by lightning.

“It was a low-end number,” said John Cataldo, the park's Fire and Aviation Management officer, in an interview.

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