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Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for August 12, 2012 - 1:00 p.m.

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Date: August 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
August 10, 2012  12-061B  

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

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Yellowstone National Park Fire Update 
August 12, 2012 - 1:00 p.m.

Summary:   
The fire danger level in Yellowstone has been lowered to Very High.  Fire restrictions are still in effect.  Thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday brought lightning and rain to the northern third of the park, followed by moderate temperatures and sunshine on Saturday.  Light fire activity continues and firefighters are being released.

Cygnet Fire:   
The lightning caused fire was discovered Friday afternoon, August 10, about 5 miles southeast of Norris Junction. Firefighters estimated its size at 1/10 of an acre and are continuing to monitor its activity. Smoke may become visible from Cygnet Lakes Trail and Mary Mountain Trail in Hayden Valley.

Fan 1 and Fan 2 Fires:
The combined fires, estimated at 2 acres, were declared out Sunday morning, August 12. The 22-person Blue Ridge Interagency Hotshot crew from Arizona and the 6 firefighters from Saguaro National Park staffing the fire have been released. 

Agate Fire: 
This lightning caused fire was discovered Tuesday, August 7.  It is burning in the backcountry southeast of Tower Junction, on the east side of the Yellowstone River.  Firefighters are monitoring this fire, which is being allowed to play its natural role in the ecosystem.  It has shown little recent activity, and is still estimated at one-half of an acre.  Backcountry campsite 2Y1 is temporarily closed due to the fire.

Dewdrop Fire: 
This lightning caused fire, burning in the backcountry nine miles southeast of Canyon, was discovered on July 29.  The Dewdrop Fire is the largest fire currently burning in the park, estimated at 25 acres. As a precaution, an area around the fire including some backcountry campsites and trail segments are temporarily closed.  Details are available at any park Visitor Center or Backcountry Office, or online at http://go.usa.gov/GAD .   

Other Fires and Smoke: 
Firefighters are also continuing to monitor the Range, Camera, and Dewdrop 2 fires.  All have shown little recent activity and are all less than one acre. While each of the park's fires may produce a smoke column visible from some roads or trails when actively burning, most of the smoke present in the region is due to fires burning south and west of Yellowstone, and not from the small fires in the park. 

Fire Restrictions:  
Campfires are allowed only in established fire grates or fire rings in picnic areas or campgrounds.  The use of portable charcoal grills is prohibited. Any fire which can produce an ash is prohibited in the backcountry. You can use portable stoves and lanterns which use propane, white gas, kerosene, or jellied petroleum for fuel anywhere in the park.  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. 

Impacts to visitors and area residents:   
All park entrances, roads, campgrounds, lodging, stores, and other visitor services are open.  A few trail segments and some backcountry campsites are temporarily closed. 

Weather Forecast : 
Moderate winds with normal temperatures. Potential for isolated thunderstorms. 

Additional Information:  
Current information is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/unit/5382/ , or on Twitter @YellowstoneNPS. 


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