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Thunderstorms and Rain Halt Magpie Fire Growth

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Date: July 27, 2006
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2012

Warmer temperatures and lower humidity forecast for Thursday and Friday could reverse the recent trend of stagnant growth of the Magpie Fire in Yellowstone National Park.

Gusty winds and lightning from Wednesday afternoon’s thunderstorm were tempered by a quarter-inch of rainfall and increased humidity on the fire line. A reconnaissance flight scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was scrubbed because of weather.

The fire remains estimated at 805 acres. It hasn’t increased in size since Sunday.  

The Magpie Fire was spotted burning in mature lodgepole pine 7 miles northeast of Madison Junction by fire lookouts on the evening of July 16. It is being managed as a Wildland Fire Use for Resource Benefits, since it 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 National Park this year. There are two active fires in the park. In addition to the Magpie Fire, the Bison Peak Fire northeast of Tower Junction continues to smolder after burning an area of about 2400 square feet.

The fire danger in Yellowstone remains high, however, there no fire restrictions in the park. All visitor services, park entrances and roads are open. Some hiking trails near the fire remain closed. A temporary flight restriction over the fire continues to be in effect.

When actively burning, the Magpie Fire can produce smoke visible from or along nearby roads and developed areas and from the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout web cam at http://www.nps.gov/yell/tours/livecams/mtwashburn.

Updated information is posted to the Wildland Fire section of the park web site at
http://www.nps.gov/yell/technical/fire and to the InciWeb Incident Information System web site at http://inciweb.org.

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Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.