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Date: September 24, 2009
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior


Yellowstone National Park

P.O. Box 168

Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190



September 2, 2009 09-092 5:30 pm                           

Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015


Yellowstone National Park Fire Update - Thurs. 9/24/09 5:30 pm





Started: September 22, 2009    

Cause: Lightning                     

Estimated Size: 250 acres  

Location: Five miles west of the Bridge Bay Campground and the northwest shore of Yellowstone Lake.

Overview: The lightning-caused fire is burning in a flat area of mature lodgepole pine forest. As of late Thursday afternoon, it was estimated at 250 acres in size and growing as expected. Firefighters are monitoring the fire and developing management strategies. 

Recent activity and expectations: The fire is expected to grow in the next 24 hours, especially during the peak afternoon burning period. Winds on Friday are expected to continue moving the fire southwesterly, although typical prevailing winds are from the south-southeast.  

Impacts to visitors and area residents: The fire will be visible at times from the Grand Loop Road. Check at park visitor centers or backcountry offices for the current status of the hiking trails and backcountry campsites in the area.




Started: September 13, 2009    

Cause: Lightning                      

Estimated Size: 8 acres                         

Location: Three miles west-northwest of Mammoth Hot Springs, WY, near the MT/WY state line.

Overview: The Rainbow Fire is on the north facing slope of Sepulcher Mountain, uphill from Rainbow Lake, and below the Sepulcher Mountain Trail. 

Recent activity and expectations: The fire has grown down slope along the ground since its discovery. Smoke or flames from individually burning trees may be visible at times from the park’s North Entrance Road, in the community of Gardiner, and from the Yellowstone River and U.S. Highway 89 north of the park. Slow fire growth can be expected on into the fall. Impacts to visitors and area residents: The fire is well away from Mammoth Hot Springs, Gardiner, and all roads and visitor services. The Sepulcher Mountain Trail has been temporarily closed. 


Fire updates will be issued as conditions warrant. They will be posted to the web at

http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm, and will be recorded on the park’s 24-hour fire information line at 307-344-2580.


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