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Lightning sparks wildfire at Great Sand Dunes

The park said cars are not being allowed to come into the park and the visitor center is closed.

ALAMOSA, Colo. — Crews are battling a lightning-caused wildfire at Great Sand Dunes National Park

According to a tweet from the park, the Medano Fire started at 3 p.m. along the entrance road in the grasslands. 

The park said in a Facebook post that park staff were working with the Rio Grande Division of Fire Prevention and Control and the Mosca Fire Department.

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Inbound traffic was closed, according to the park, and the visitor center was closed. 

Great Sand Dunes tweeted later that the park was back open as of 8:15 p.m. The 306-acre fire was 80% contained as of Wednesday night. 

No structures were impacted, according to the park.

Credit: National Park Service

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