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Stinky Fire Grows, Magpie Fire Quiet Over Weekend

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Date: August 24, 2006
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
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Smoke pours from a lodgepole forest.
The Stinky Fire tripled in size over the weekend to 150 acres.
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6One of the two fires burning in Yellowstone National Park grew in size over the weekend.

The Stinky Fire is burning in the backcountry 19 miles southeast of Tower Junction. It was discovered last Tuesday afternoon. It was mapped at 51 acres Friday evening, grew to 120 acres Saturday evening, and was estimated at 150 acres on Sunday evening. The fire is burning in an area which was part of the Clover and Clover-Mist Fires in 1988. 

There was no growth in the Magpie Fire over the weekend. Fire activity was limited to the southwest corner of the fire. It remains at 1,815 acres. The Magpie Fire is burning in the backcountry 7 miles east of Madison Junction, in an area surrounded by an area which burned in 1988. It was spotted by fire lookouts on July 17th.

When actively burning, these fires can produce smoke columns visible for several miles. Smoke from the fires can also cause a light haze over portions of the park or settle at times in low lying areas. 

Smoke which may be visible near the South Entrance and Grant Village is from a fire burning outside the park. The Hechtman Fire is located 7 miles southwest of Flagg Ranch in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. It is estimated at 200 acres.

The Bison Peak Fire, which smoldered for several weeks northeast of Tower Junction, has been declared out. The Alice Fire northeast of Fishing Bridge has also been declared out. Both were one-tenth of an acre in size.

There have been a total of nine fires reported in Yellowstone National Park this year. Both the Magpie Fire and the Stinky Fire are in the backcountry well away from roads and developed areas. They do not pose any threat to park visitors. Firefighters aggressively work to put out all human-caused fires and any naturally occurring fires when they threaten people or the park’s developed areas. All visitor services, park entrances and roads are open. While fire danger in the park remains high, there are no fire restrictions in effect. The fires are being monitored on the ground, from lookout towers and by over flights.   

Virtual visitors can monitor the Stinky Fire in real-time by viewing the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam at http://www.nps.gov/yell/tours/livecams/mtwashburn. Updated information on fire activity in Yellowstone National Park is posted to the Wildland Fire section of the park web site at http://www.nps.gov/yell/technical/fire and the InciWeb Incident Information System web site at http://inciweb.org

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.