Magpie Fire Now 2,900 Acres
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2012
The Magpie Fire burning in the Yellowstone backcountry is now 2,900 acres. The fire was remapped during an observation overflight Tuesday afternoon.
The fire has been burning since mid-July in mature lodgepole pine forest 7 miles southeast of Madison Junction. It is in an area entirely surrounded by the 1988 North Fork Fire.
Continued dry weather and low humidity have resulted in isolated torching and some fire growth at the southwest and northeast fire perimeter. The fire is expected to continue to increase in size in the coming days.
Little new activity has been observed on the Stinky Fire, burning in the backcountry 19 miles southeast of Tower Junction. It remains contained at 1,010 acres.
A smoky haze covers large portions of Yellowstone National Park. Most of the smoke is coming from several large fires burning well north of the park in south central Montana.
There have been thirteen fires in the park this year. Nine of these were caused by lightning; four were caused by people. 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.
The fire danger in the park remains high. All visitor services, park entrances and roads are open. None of the park’s fires are a threat to visitors or developed areas in the park. There are some limited trail and backcountry campsite closures due to the fires. Details on those closures are available online at http://www.nps.gov/archive/yell/technical/fire/campclosings.htm or by calling Yellowstone's Backcountry Office at (307) 344-2160.
Fire activity in the park may be monitored by watching the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam at http://www.nps.gov/archive/yell/tours/livecams/mtwashburn/index.htm. 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?
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.