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National Parks to Close with Government Shutdown

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If the government shuts down at midnight, both Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks will close all of their gates to visitors and require anyone currently camping in the park to leave within two days.

In Yellowstone, 260 of the 400 workers will be sent home without pay on Tuesday and an additional 45 would furloughed later in the week.

Park Spokesman Al Nash says the remaining employees are charged with keeping the park running.

"We will keep some staff on in Yellowstone because we have to protect the park," Nash said.

"Remember, in Yellowstone, we're all of the type of government services you can imagine, so we have to keep the water running and the wastewater management going... we have to keep the roads plowed, we have to keep the ambulance service and some fire protection."

Nash says hundreds more employees work in and around the park at restaurants and lodging, but will only be furloughed if their employers choose.

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