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Saturday, August 27th, 2011

  • A barrage of lightning strikes -- nearly 700 in a 24-hour period -- has ignited six wildfires in Yellowstone National Park, though none are more than one acre in size.

    Park officials said Saturday that recent thunderstorms "packed with lightning" added a sixth small fire to the five currently being managed since Aug

  • An investigation was continuing Saturday into the death of a hiker whose body was found in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park.

    The man's body was spotted Friday afternoon along the Mary Mountain Trail by two other hikers, who quickly left the area.

    "They didn't get that close.

  • Though Hurricane Irene was hundreds of miles away, officials at Cape Cod National Seashore and Acadia National Park on Saturday were getting for the lady's arrival, closing down facilities and urging visitors to be careful.

  • Within its roughly 521,490 acres, Great Smoky Mountains National Park probably harbors about 1,500 black bears, according to the park's biologists.

  • Though it might not carry as much prestige as the Grand Teton or El Capitan, Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park is a favorite target of hikers and climbers. Knowing that, park rangers want those thinking of summiting the 14,259-foot peak to bone up on the mountain before setting foot on the trail.