Firefighters Continue To Improve Southern Flank Of LeHardy Fire
Contact: Sandy Hare or Barbara Dougan, LeHardy Fire ICP 307-344-7102
Firefighters on the LeHardy Fire made good progress in their efforts to create a wider fire line between the southern flank of the fire and Fishing Bridge.
Visitors could see large smoke plumes as crews conducted burn out operations to clear unburned fuels and optimize fire breaks. Cooler temperatures and slightly higher humidity aided in the progress.
Structure fire specialists arrived today to set up protection equipment in Fishing Bridge. The equipment will be kept on hand as a precautionary measure at both the sewage treatment area and in the retail areas.
A firefighter working on the fire received minor injuries when he was briefly roughed up by a frightened grizzly bear. The bear, acting instinctually, appeared to be trying to leave the fire area and the firefighter was unknowingly in its path. He was treated and released at the Yellowstone Clinic.
Bear encounters are one of the many challenges of fighting back country fires and fire personnel are educated about bear safety. All personnel also carry bear spray.
Crews will continue mop up and burnout operations throughout tomorrow and Tuesday. Roads and recreation areas in Yellowstone Park are open. Back country trail closures can be found by calling 307-344-2160 or by checking with any of the Backcountry offices.
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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.