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Yellowstone to Complete Hazard Fuels Reduction Project
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone To Complete Hazard Fuel Reduction Project
Firefighters from Yellowstone National Park and the Shoshone National Forest are in the process of completing a hazard fuel reduction project which began during last year’s Columbine Fire.
When the fire threatened structures near Yellowstone’s East Entrance in 2007, firefighters cleared debris from around buildings to protect them if the fire advanced. The debris removed was gathered into several large piles.
The fire stopped before reaching the East Entrance structures.
The park will take advantage of the current cool and wet conditions to burn the debris piles on Wednesday, October 8. The burn is expected to last only one day, but some smoke may linger through Thursday morning.
Every effort is made to limit the short-term inconvenience to park visitors and nearby residents along the North Fork of the Shoshone River. However, smoky conditions may exist in and near an active burn area. There could also be short-term traffic delays.
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.