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Some Backcountry Trails and Campsites Closed Due to Stinky Fire in Yellowstone

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Date: August 30, 2006
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2012

A continued drying trend coupled with an increased burning period and        gusty winds has caused concern that the Stinky Fire, burning 19 miles        southeast of Tower Junction, may become a potential threat to a few of        Yellowstone's backcountry trails and campsites in the area.


The Miller Creek, Canoe Lake, Bootjack Gap, and Hoodoo        Basin trails, as well as backcountry campsites along the Miller Creek        trail have been closed. Contact Yellowstone's Backcountry Office at (307)        344-2160 for information on the status of these trails and campsites. 


The Canoe Lake, Bootjack Gap and Hoodoo Basin trails cross        the boundary of Yellowstone and extend into the Shoshone National Forest.        Contact the Shoshone National Forest at (307) 578-1200 for information        on the portion of these trails outside Yellowstone.


Today's forecast calls for southwest winds at 15 to 20        mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the afternoon        caused by possible thunderstorms. Expected highs from 66°F to 72°F;        lows 37°F to 43°F.


There have been 13 fires in Yellowstone this season; nine        lightning-caused and four man-caused. The four man-caused fires were        immediately suppressed. There are currently four fires still burning        in the park. 


The Stinky Fire, mapped at 1,010, is a suppression fire        managed in a confinement strategy for economic and safety reasons. The        Magpie Fire, located 7 miles east of Madison Junction, is being monitored        on the ground, from lookout towers and by over flights, and is carefully        evaluated on a daily basis to determine what actions are appropriate.        It has been mapped at 2,074. 


Neither of the other two fires— the Pumice Fire near        Pumice Point on Yellowstone Lake or the Dryad Lake Fire several miles        west of Bridge Bay— is actively burning. Both have been contained        and are being patrolled.


All visitor services, park entrances and roads are open.        None of the park’s fires are a threat to visitors or developed        areas in the park.


While fire danger in the park remains high, there are no        fire restrictions in effect at this time. The larger fires may produce        smoke columns that are visible for several miles. Fire activity        in the park and throughout the western region is causing an increase        in smoke accumulations over portions of the park and may settle at times        in low lying areas, especially in the morning hours.


The Magpie Fire can be viewed in real-time by watching        the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam at http://www.nps.gov/yell/tours/livecams/mtwashburn/index.htm .

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