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A lightning strike burned the Mount Holmes fire lookout in Yellowstone.

Weeks after a historic fire lookout burned, Yellowstone National Park has reopened trails on Mount Holmes.

In a news release Monday, park officials announced the reopening of the Mount Holmes Trail west of the junction with the Trilobite Lake Trail and the summit of Mount Holmes.

The release said fire staff investigated the burned Mount Holmes Fire Lookout and repaired a radio repeater that was damaged in the fire last month.

The investigation confirmed the building burned from the top down after being struck by lightning on July 16. Park managers don’t have plans to rebuild the lookout, according to the release.

Michael Wright can be reached at or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

Michael Wright covers the environment and wildlife issues for the Chronicle.

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