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Weather Forecast Necessitates Change for Norris Prescribed Burn

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Date: September 15, 2007
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190


September 15, 2007 07-91

Al Nash (307) 344-2010




Weather Forecast Necessitates Change for Norris Prescribed Burn

Updated weather forecasts and a successful test burn today have prompted fire experts and National Park Service administrators in Yellowstone to change the date for the prescribed burn at Norris to Sunday, September 16, instead of Monday the 17th.

Officials felt that waiting until Monday might seriously compromise their ability to successfully conduct the 65-acre prescribed burn southeast of Norris Junction due to predicted precipitation and cooler temperatures.

Numerous fire experts and Yellowstone administrators prepared, reviewed, and approved this burn plan which emphasizes the safety of park visitors, employees, and firefighters, and includes a component called a "prescription" which also takes into account a variety of environmental factors and their impacts on fire behavior.

This burn is designed to remove accumulated dead plant material under controlled conditions in order to reduce the threat of a wildland fire to the Norris developed area in the future.

A media briefing will be held at 8:00 a.m. in the Norris area. Media representatives should drive east from the Norris Junction toward Canyon, and then take the first service road on the left (north) to meet with fire officials. Once prescription conditions are met, sequential ignitions will be made by firefighters on the ground with drip torches along the fire perimeter.

Reporters and photographers will be provided escorted fire line access along the shoulder of the road south and east of Norris Junction. Nomex clothing, high leather boots, hard hats, and fire shelters will not be required. Comfortable footwear and outdoor clothing suited for 40-65 degree temperatures and a chance of rain or snow showers is advised.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.