Yellowstone Park forced to close

The wildfire blazes that have been raging for the past two months through drought-stricken California and neighbouring American states has added a famous name to its victims.

US National Park Service officials had to close one of the entrances to the 3,500 square mile Yellowstone National Park which includes The Grand Canyon and which for the past 100 years has been established as an area of great natural beauty.

The fire, which began in July in the neighbouring Grand Teton National Park, blocked Yellowstone’s south entrance, near the resort town of Jackson in Wyoming.

However, while there firefighters were reported to be trying to tackle around a dozen fires in the area visitors were still allowed into Yellowstone through other entrances not affected by the blazes though in some cases that meant they had to make a four-hour long detour.