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Second Day of Limited Growth of Magpie Fire

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Date: July 23, 2006
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2012

Light winds Saturday led to another day of limited growth on the Magpie Fire in Yellowstone National Park.

The fire grew just 90 acres on Saturday. Most fire activity was at the southeast head of the fire. As of Saturday evening, the fire was mapped at 780 acres.

Partly cloudy skies and isolated dry thunderstorms with gusty winds are forecast through Sunday night and again for Monday afternoon and evening. Yellowstone’s fire danger rating remains high.

All visitor services, park entrances and roads are open. Limited hiking trail closures remain in effect in the area of the fire. A temporary flight restriction continues above the fire.

Smoke may be present along some park roads. The smoke plume may bee seen for several miles when the fire is actively burning in the afternoon and evening. Smoke may also be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout web cam at http://www.nps.gov/yell/tours/livecams/mtwashburn/index.htm.

The Magpie Fire was started by lightning. It is burning in lodgepole pine about 7 miles east of Madison Junction. The fire is surrounded by an area burned in the 1988 North Fork fire.

Firefighters are monitoring the fire’s growth on the ground, by aerial reconnaissance, and from fire lookout towers at Mount Washburn, Mount Holmes and Mount Sheridan.

The Magpie Fire is being managed as a Wildland Fire Use for Resource Benefits. The fire supports the park’s goal of allowing natural fires to play their role in the ecosystem when they do not threaten any park visitors or property.

There have been five wildland fires in Yellowstone this year. Three have been declared out after burning less than an acre each. There is limited activity on Bison Peak fire northeast of Tower Junction when remains just one-tenth of an acre in size.

Did You Know?

Upper Geyser Basin Hydrothermal Features on a Winter Day.

Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park.