MTPR

John Cataldo

It’s been about a year since lightning started a fire that burned almost 4,500 acres in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and Yellowstone National Park. Local fire managers and ecologists invited journalists to see how the burn site is recovering and learn how fire plays a role on the landscape.

Balsamroot covers a hillside in Yellowstone National Park.
Josh Burnham

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — About 1 acre of land burned in Yellowstone National Park during the 2017 fire season, a number much lower than the 63,000 acres (25,500 hectares) burned in the park a year ago.

The Cody Enterprise reported Wednesday that 2016's total was the most land singed in a single season since 1988, when 793,880 of the Park's 2.2 million acres caught fire.