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Red Flag Warning Issued for Yellowstone

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Date: September 12, 2007
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

September 12, 2007 07-88
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2010 or 344-2012




Red Flag Warning Issued For Yellowstone National Park

Windy conditions could cause a new fire in park’s southwest corner to grow today

The National Weather Service in Riverton, Wyoming, has issued a Red Flag Warning until 8 o’clock this evening for Yellowstone National Park.

A Red Flag Warning means extreme weather conditions are expected to occur which could result in significant fire activity. A cold front is forecast to move through the area resulting in gusty, unstable winds.

These weather conditions could result in significant growth today in a small lightning-caused fire discovered Sunday evening. The Cave Falls Fire is burning in the Bechler area in the park’s southwest corner, well away from people and developed areas.

The fire is currently estimated at 17 acres. Today’s forecast high winds are likely to cause the fire to grow to the northeast toward the Pitchstone Plateau. The Cave Falls Fire could produce a large smoke column visible for several miles.

The Cave Falls Fire is being actively managed as a Wildland Fire Used for Resource Benefit, since it poses no threat to people or property.

Firefighters are conducting an overflight to determine if any hot spots remain on the Columbine Fire, located south of the park’s East Entrance road and US Highway 14-16-20. Very limited fire behavior has been observed in recent days on the Promontory Complex, the Beaverdam Fire, and the Lookout Fire. Today’s extreme weather is not expected to result in increased activity on any of these fires.

None of the fires in the park pose a threat to visitors. All park entrances, roads and seasonal visitor services are open. The forecast calls for continued breezy conditions but significantly cooler temperatures on Thursday.

Some trails and backcountry campsites in the Bechler area have been temporarily closed due to their proximity to the Cave Falls Fire. Updated information is available at all of the park’s Backcountry Offices or by calling 307-344-2160 during business hours.

Yellowstone National Park aggressively works to suppress all human-caused fires and any naturally occurring fires when they threaten people or developed areas.

Yellowstone averages twenty-two lightning caused fires a year. Seventeen of the twenty-three fires which have occurred in the park this year have been started by lightning.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

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