Yellowstone Fire Update: September 2, 2011
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Heart Complex Update: September 2, 2011 - 11:00 a.m.
Eight small, wildland fires continue to burn in Yellowstone National Park's backcountry, including a new fire that was reported Wednesday in the extreme northwest corner of the park. All but one have been caused by a series of heavy lightning storms passing over the region in the past several days.
The Specimen Fire is located along the east fork of Specimen Creek approximately a half mile from High Lake and a third of a mile from the boundary of the Gallatin National Forest. Due to its proximity to the forest, Yellowstone and Gallatin wildland fire managers determined that suppressing the fire would be the best management strategy.
The following seven fires are being managed as part of the Heart Complex. All but two of these fires are at or less than one acre in size and all are being managed to allow natural processes to occur to enhance the area's natural resources, to protect people and property, and to effectively use available firefighting resources.
Point Fire. 5-7 acres, burning on the eastern shore of Yellowstone Lake.
Ouzel Fire. 1 acre, burning five miles from the western boundary with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
Huckleberry Fire. 0.1 acre, burning two miles from the southern boundary of the park.
Heart Fire. 0.1 acre, burning a half mile north of Heart Lake in the south central portion of the park.
Sour Fire. 0.1 acre, burning east of Canyon Village on the Mirror Plateau.
Pitchstone Fire. 0.1 acre, located on the Pitchstone Plateau in the park's southwestern corner. Its cause has yet to be determined by wildland fire crews.
Other than limited temporary closures of some backcountry campsites and hiking trails, all park entrances, roads and services are open. None of these fires pose a threat to park visitors.
The fire danger rating in Yellowstone is currently "High." Visitors are encouraged to be careful with campfires, grills, camp stoves and smoking materials. There have been 18 fires reported in Yellowstone this year.
The latest information on backcountry access is available by contacting Backcountry Offices throughout the park or by calling 307-344-2160 during normal business hours, seven days a week. When actively burning, smoke from any of these fires may be visible from park roadways. Updated information is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/unit/5382/.
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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.