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YNP: Historic Mount Holmes Fire Lookout in Yellowstone burned due to lightning

Remains of the historic Mount Holmes Fire Lookout are seen after it burned to the ground in July. Yellowstone National Park officials determined the fire as caused by lightning. (YNP via Flickr)

The Yellowstone National Park communications office said today that the historic Mount Holmes Fire Lookout was destroyed by a lightening strike.

The fire started on July 16, after a severe thunderstorm moved through the area, according to the YNP.

Crews have finished clearing and mitigating the site of all hazards, and repaired a radio repeater that was damaged in the fire, according to the release.

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The Mount Holmes Trail west of the junction with the Trilobite Lake Trail and the summit of Mount Holmes is now reopened.

The release says the park has no plans on rebuilding the lookout.

The fire lookout was built in 1931 and renovated in 1998, according to an earlier release.

The structure was eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Place due to its rustic architectural style and early importance in the park’s history. “We are disappointed that this historic structure, as a window into the past, is gone,” said YNP Deputy Superintendent Pat Kenney in an earlier news release.

The fire lookout was located southwest of Mammoth Hot Springs and north of Madison Junction.