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Most of Yellowstone National Park got only a dusting after up to 6 inches of snow had been forecast, but frosty temperatures kept flames down and fire activity was limited, allowing crews to jump on hot spots before they had a chance to get out of hand, said fire information officer Judy Jennings. The park has been besieged for nearly three months by dry weather and fires that have charred more than half its 2.2 million acres. But the temperature reached only 37 degrees in much of the area over the weekend. In west-central Montana, firefighting crews and the soldiers who reinforced them began pulling out of the 247,000-acre Canyon Creek fire while a storm continued to drop snow and rain.


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