Updated 9/23/2022 at 2:30 p.m.:

Yellowstone National Park announced today that the West Thumb Geyser Basin, temporarily closed on September 12, has been reopened.

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Yellowstone National Park announced in a news release that the West Thumb Geyser Basin is temporarily closed to the public due to hazardous concerns. 

Northwestern Energy staff reported on September 6 that smoke was coming from a small building that houses a solar battery storage system in the area around West Thumb Geyser Basin. 

The park’s structural fire crews were dispatched to the location and did not see any flames when they arrived, but they saw smoke. The exterior of the building was not threatened or damaged. Battery fumes are harmful when inhaled and are corrosive. For the safety of park visitors, the West Thumb Geyser Basin will remain closed until fumes have dissipated the area and the batteries have been fully recharged. 

The structural fire crew for the park will continue to monitor the area; the geyser basin will reopen when the area is deemed safe. 

Road repairs to reconnect Gardiner to the North Entrance and the Cooke City/Silver Gate area on the northeast entrance continue. Both projects should be open to passable traffic by October 15, with additional improvements scheduled past that date, weather permitting. The North and Northeast Entrances remain close to visitor vehicles. Both entrances are open to commercial tours, foot traffic, and bicycles. 

Updates on the construction will be updated when they are provided.