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Yellowstone Implementing Trail Closures And Fire Restrictions
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Al Nash or Dan Hottle
The Dewdrop Fire, several miles east of Canyon Village, is the largest of five fires actively burning in the park. It is currently estimated at 25 acres. As a precaution, the following backcountry campsites and trail segments north and east of the Dewdrop Fire were closed Monday afternoon:
- Astringent Creek Trail at the junction of the Lower Pelican Creek Trail.
Yellowstone is under a Red Flag Warning until 9:00 p.m. Monday due to critical fire weather conditions. The fire danger in the park remains Very High.
Because of forecast continued hot and dry conditions, Yellowstone will reinstitute the following fire restrictions, effective noon Wednesday:
- Campfires are allowed only in established fire grates or fire rings in picnic areas or campgrounds. The use of portable charcoal grills is prohibited.
The other active fires are the Shoshone, Camera, Range, and Dewdrop 2. The largest of these is just one acre in size.
Other than the listed 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 the Dewdrop Fire may be visible from park roadways or from the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm.
There have been 11 fires reported in Yellowstone this year. Seven were started by lightning, and four were human caused. The largest to-date has been July's 29-acre Blacktail Fire.
Did You Know?
There were no wolves in Yellowstone in 1994. The wolves that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996 thrived and there are now over 300 of their descendents living in the Greater Yellowstone Area.