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Fire Keeps Yellowstone's East Entrance Closed Temporarily
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2012
National Park Service
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
Fire Keeps Yellowstone’s East Entrance Closed Temporarily
Due to very active fire behavior and continued threat from the Columbine Fire, the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park remains under temporary closure. The closure will be reevaluated late this evening or early Tuesday morning. The park intends to reopen the road to traffic as soon as access can be safely resumed.
Alternate access between Cody and Yellowstone is possible via the Northeast Entrance and the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.
There will be a public meeting this evening to update interested community members on the status of the Columbine Fire and the temporary closure of the East Entrance road. It will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Wapiti School in Wapiti, Wyoming.
With the exception of the road between the East Entrance and Fishing Bridge, all other park entrances, roads, and visitor facilities including hotels, restaurants, visitor centers, etc., are open and fully operational. The Columbine Fire poses no threat to park visitors.
This lightning-caused fire started just before dark Thursday evening. Despite the efforts of smokejumpers, an aerial retardant tanker, and helicopter bucket drops first thing Friday morning; the Columbine Fire escaped initial attack.
Weather forecasts are calling for another hot, dry, windy day, which could cause continued significant fire activity again today. Large smoke columns will be visible from long distances.
Mark Grant’s Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team took over management of the Columbine Fire on Sunday. They have established an Incident Command Post at Fishing Bridge.
Information officers from this team are working to provide current fire information to park visitors, area residents, and park employees. When updates on the Columbine Fire are available, they’re being posted to the web at http://inciweb.org/incident/920/. Recorded information on the Columbine Fire is also available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2580.
Anyone planning to hike or camp in the backcountry should contact the Yellowstone backcountry office during business hours at 307-344-2160 for possible trail and campsite closures.
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Producers/Editors Note: Information Officers from Grant’s Type 2 Incident Management Team are available by phone at 307-242-7649.
Did You Know?
There were no wolves in Yellowstone in 1994. The wolves that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996 thrived and there are now over 300 of their descendents living in the Greater Yellowstone Area.