Yellowstone Road Closing Due to Heat

A certain press release was put out by the Yellowstone National Park Service that can be seen here:…

Firehole Lake Drive Temporarily Closed

Firehole Lake Drive in Yellowstone National Park has been temporarily closed due to a damaged road surface.

Extreme heat from surrounding thermal areas has caused thick oil to bubble to the surface, damaging the blacktop and creating unsafe driving
conditions on the popular, scenic road, located off the Grand Loop Road halfway between Old Faithful and Madison Junction in the park’s Lower Geyser

Well, this has of course caused the internet doomsayers to freak out and claim all the usual BS about it erupting, blah, blah, blah.

So just for the record, and to disperse the idiocy, I got in touch with one of my scientific contacts, that knows, and there is no concern. It turns
out that this same exact thing, happened to the same exact road, back in 2002.

Basically as it was stated to me- you build roads on top of thermal areas at Yellowstone- and combine that with hot summer sun, and yeah- eventually
you are going to have problems. And that’s all it is.

I checked the temperature gauges at the park, and all appears normal. Seismicity has also been normal or below normal lately. So let’s all just be
sane little ATSers and tell the freaker outers to take a hike.

Thank you. The end.

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