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?
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.