Yellowstone National Park Fire Update - August 29, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Al Nash or Dan Hottle
August 29, 2012 - 10:00 a.m.
Summary: Windy and dry weather conditions resulted in some continued growth activity on the fires in Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Yellowstone National Park through 9:00 p.m. tonight as gusty winds from a passing cold front combine with warm daytime temperatures, low humidity, and dry fuels to create critical fire conditions and potential for significant fire growth. The Fire Danger Level in Yellowstone remains at Extreme, and fire restrictions are in effect. Firefighters and equipment from Yellowstone, along with Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee), Saguaro National Park (Arizona), Big Thicket National Preserve (Texas), Gallatin National Forest, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Park County Rural and Paradise Valley Fire Departments (Montana) are assisting on the fires burning in the park.
Cygnet Fire: This lightning-caused fire 5 miles southwest of Canyon Village is just under 1500 acres. Firefighters continue efforts to protect a utility corridor south of the Norris-to-Canyon road in case the fire reaches the area. A section of the backcountry trails and campsites near the area have been closed. It was discovered August 10.
Range Fire: This lightning-caused fire 8 ½ miles southwest of Tower Fall is approximately 185 acres. This fire is not threatening any structures or roadways, but will likely produce a significant amount of smoke that will be visible from the road over Dunraven Pass and through the Tower Fall area. It was discovered July 26.
Dewdrop Fire: This lightning-caused fire 9 miles southeast of Canyon Village is approximately 210 acres. Smoke will be visible from Dunraven Pass through Canyon Village and throughout Hayden Valley. It was discovered on July 29.
Other Fires and smoke: Smoke from fires both inside and outside of the park may be visible along several sections of park roadways throughout the week. Visitors are asked to slow down and use extreme caution while driving where firefighting crews are working along roadways.
Weather: Gusty winds accompanying a passing cold front and very low relative humidities have prompted area National Weather Service offices to issue Red Flag warnings for the entire Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. These conditions can combine to create critical fire conditions and potential for significant fire growth.
Fire Restrictions: Any fire which can produce an ash is prohibited in the backcountry. 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. Campfires are allowed only in established fire grates or fire rings in picnic areas, campgrounds and housing areas. Charcoal grills are okay in these same areas as well. You can use portable stoves and lanterns which use propane, white gas, kerosene, or jellied petroleum for fuel anywhere in the park.
Impacts to visitors and area residents: All park entrances, roads, campgrounds, lodging, stores, and other visitor services are open. Backcountry closure details are available at any park Visitor Center or Backcountry Office. Backcountry information can also be obtained by calling 307-344-2160.
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Did You Know?
Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.