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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 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.