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Small Fire Burning In Northern Yellowstone

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Date: July 12, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2012      12-051 6PM    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Small Fire Burning In Northern Yellowstone

Lightning from recent thunderstorms has started a small fire inside the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, along the Montana-Wyoming border.

The Blacktail Fire was reported shortly after 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon. It is located a little over a mile north of the entrance to Blacktail Plateau Drive, which is along the road linking Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction.

As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, the fire was approximately 5 acres in size. Due to its location, dry conditions, and a forecast for dry thunderstorms Friday, the decision was made to suppress this fire.

Eight smoke jumpers and a helicopter with five firefighters and a bucket for water drops were already on scene late Thursday afternoon. A Canadian air tanker is expected over the fire early Thursday evening to help control the fire.

Smoke may be visible at times from the road, and on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam http://go.usa.gov/wS9. No roads, campgrounds or trails are closed because of this fire, and it poses no threat to visitors.

The fire danger in Yellowstone National Park is currently "Very High." The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for all of northwest Wyoming for Friday afternoon and evening due to expected critical fire weather conditions.

This is the fifth fire reported in Yellowstone this year. The first fires of the season were all started by people and were less than a quarter-acre in size.

Temporary fire restrictions are in effect. Campfires are permitted only in established fire grates in picnic areas or campgrounds. They are not allowed in the backcountry. Portable stoves and lanterns which use propane, white gas, kerosene, or jellied petroleum for fuel are allowed anywhere in the park. Fully enclosed sheepherder-type stoves are also permitted, if they are fitted with a spark arrester screen. The use of portable charcoal grills is prohibited.

Smoking is prohibited along all trails and anywhere in the backcountry. Smoking is allowed in vehicles and along roads, near buildings, and in developed campgrounds or picnic areas if you are standing in an area at least three feet in diameter where nothing on the ground will burn.

Updated information on the Blacktail Fire can be found on the Web at http://inciweb.org/unit/5382 or by phone 24 hours a day at 307-344-2580.

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Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

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.