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Yellowstone fire

The red circle indicates where a fire was spotted burning along the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday.

Only a week after Yellowstone National Park's fire management officer predicted the wet summer could quickly turn dry and favorable for forest fires, the park's first wildland fire of the year was detected on July 17 by hikers on the Sevenmile Hole Trail.

The lightning-ignited 0.1 acre fire was located three miles east of Canyon Village, near the Yellowstone River, according to a park press release.

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The fire was smoldering on a steep, rocky slope and was not accessible by foot, so the fire was monitored from the canyon rim by firefighters.

The fire was discovered just two days after lightning struck the Mount Holmes Fire Lookout and burned it to the ground.

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