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Yellowstone Fire Update - September 16, 2011

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Date: September 16, 2011
Contact: Al Nash or Dan Hottle, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2011 11-088h
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK FIRE UPDATE
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Heart Complex: September 16, 2011 - 3:30 p.m.


Six fires which continue to burn in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park are being managed as the Heart Complex.

By far the largest of the six is the Point Fire, on the eastern shore of Yellowstone Lake. It has grown slowly in recent days and is now estimated at 1,800 acres. Activity on the northeast corner of the fire, close to the site of 2003's East Fire, has resulted in a significant amount of smoke over Yellowstone Lake and portions of the East Entrance road in recent days. Crews continue to monitor the fire and provide protection for the Clear Creek Cabin. The Thorofare Trail remains closed from the Nine Mile Trailhead to one mile south of the fire area.

The Trischman Fire, 6 miles southwest of Old Faithful, was declared controlled Friday at just under 6 acres.

Four other small fires, the Gibbon, Ouzel, Huckleberry and Pitchstone 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.

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. 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/. The Point Fire may also be observed from the Fire Lookout web cam on Mount Washburn at http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm.

The fire danger rating in Yellowstone Friday was downgraded from "Very High" to "Moderate". This reflects the impacts of recent rainfall, cooler temperatures, and shorter days.

The National Weather Service forecast calls cooler temperatures with rain and snow showers over the park through Saturday. Clearing conditions and warmer temperatures are set to return to the region by the middle of next week.

Despite the change in the fire danger rating, visitors are encouraged to be careful with campfires, grills, camp stoves and smoking materials.

The latest information on backcountry access is available at park Visitor Centers or Backcountry Offices.

- 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.