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Rain Falls On Yellowstone's Beaverdam Fire
Contact: Al Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Stacy Vallie, (307) 344-2012
Rain which has fallen over parts of Yellowstone National Park in the past twenty-four hours has quieted activity on the Beaverdam Fire.
The Beaverdam Fire is burning east of the southeast arm of Yellowstone Lake and south of Beaverdam Creek, deep in the backcountry. The lightning-caused fire was spotted by the lookout in the Mount Sheridan fire tower on Sunday evening. Smoke and thunderstorms in the area kept firefighters from flying over the fire for a size-up until mid-day Tuesday. The fire is estimated at 540 acres.
Yellowstone National Park exists in part to protect nature at work. Fire is an essential part of the park’s dynamic, natural process of ecological change and rejuvenation. The Beaverdam Fire is being managed as a Wildland Fire Use for Resource Benefits, since it benefits the ecosystem and doesn’t pose a threat to people or property. 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.
Firefighters are monitoring the Beaverdam Fire and changing weather conditions on the ground, from the park’s fire lookout towers and by daily aerial reconnaissance. When actively burning, the Beaverdam Fire has the potential to produce a smoke column visible for several miles, and can contribute to a light haze of smoke occurring over portions of the park. Smoke may also settle at times in low lying areas.
The Thorofare Trail remains open, but backcountry users are being advised that the status of the trail could change on short notice. Smoke in the vicinity of the fire may be thick at times, and travel in the area is not recommended. Backcountry campsites 5E1 and 6B4 are closed. Updated information is available by calling the Backcountry Office at (307) 344-2160 during business hours. All visitor services, park entrances and roads are open.
There have been twelve fires in Yellowstone National Park this year. Only the Beaverdam and Owl fires are actively burning. A Type 2 Incident Management Team is directing efforts to suppress the Owl Fire burning in the northwest corner of the park.
Fire restrictions have been in effect in the park since July 3. Information on the Beaverdam Fire is available on the web at http://inciweb.org/incident/875/ . Information on Yellowstone National Park’s Wildland Fire Management program is also available at online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm.
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Did You Know?
Lake trout are an invasive species of fish that is decimating the native cutthroat trout population in Yellowstone Lake.