YEL­LOW­STONE WA­TER USED TO FIGHT BLAZE

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - — Post staff and wire re­ports

YEL­LOW­STONE NA­TIONAL PARK, WYO.» Two air­planes will be scoop­ing wa­ter out of Yel­low­stone Lake to fight a wild­fire east of Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park.

Park of­fi­cials have closed off a large por­tion of the lake to boats to keep peo­ple away from the fire­fight­ing air­craft.

The planes will use the lake for the next week or so. They’re dump­ing wa­ter on a 3-square-mile fire threat­en­ing 200 homes and other struc­tures 13 miles from the park.

The Cody En­ter­prise re­ported fire­fight­ers hope to keep the fire from clos­ing a high­way into the park.

Storm strands trav­el­ers in Den­ver. Some trav­el­ers spent more time in Den­ver than ex­pected Fri­day when af­ter­noon thun­der­storms caused flight de­lays and di­ver­sions into the evening.

Though the weather dis­si­pated around 10 p.m., DIA spokesman Heath Mont­gomery said that as the storm moved east it cov­ered a de­par­ture/ar­rival route caus­ing fur­ther is­sues.

He said that some­where in the neigh­bor­hood of 160 flights were af­fected, leav­ing sev­eral hun­dred pas­sen­gers in the area overnight.

All of the air­lines saw some im­pact due to the weather, and Mont­gomery said with United hav­ing the largest num­ber of flights out of Den­ver, they prob­a­bly saw the most im­pact.

An­other 45 in­com­ing flights were di­verted to re­gional air­ports, in­clud­ing Colorado Springs. Those flights be­gan re­turn­ing to Den­ver around 8:30 p.m. Fri­day.

One dead, one wounded in Springs. SPRINGS» Po­lice

COLORADO in Colorado say an es­tranged hus­band shot an­other man be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self.

Of­fi­cers ar­rived at the Colorado Springs home Fri­day to find the shooter dead and other man wounded in the torso. He was taken to a hos­pi­tal with non­life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Po­lice say the shooter’s wife was home at the time but wasn’t hurt.

Neigh­bors told the Colorado Springs Gazette the cou­ple had two chil­dren and were get­ting a di­vorce.

Lake get­ting too pop­u­lar. MOOSE,

WYO.» Of­fi­cials in Grand Te­ton Na­tional Park are try­ing to re­duce big crowds at a pop­u­lar place to pad­dle a ca­noe or have a pic­nic.

Park of­fi­cials say as many as 400 ve­hi­cles at a time are squeez­ing into the park­ing lot at String Lake. The park­ing lot has 165 des­ig­nated spots.

Grand Te­ton of­fi­cials are urg­ing vis­i­tors to con­sider go­ing else­where to pic­nic.

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