Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for 12:30 p.m. September 10, 2012
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Al Nash or Dan Hottle
September 10, 2012 - 12:30 p.m.
Summary: Although none of the fires burning in Yellowstone National Park has grown over the weekend, Red Flag Warnings are in effect today across the region for high temps, gusty winds, low humidities and dry fuels.
Cygnet Fire: The 2,400 acre Cygnet Fire has burned on both sides of the Norris to Canyon road. A section of the backcountry along the road corridor remains closed. Fire and smoke activity may increase under Red Flag conditions today and with continuing warm temps and winds in the coming days. This lightning caused fire, located 5 miles southwest of Canyon Village, was discovered on August 10.
Dewdrop Fire: This lightning-caused fire is in the backcountry, 9 miles southeast of Canyon Village. It is estimated at 1,100 acres. Some backcountry closures remain in effect.
Range Fire: This 400 acre backcountry fire is located 8.5 miles southwest of Tower Fall. Like the Dewdrop Fire, this lightning caused fire was discovered in late July.
Other fires and smoke: Smoke drifting into the park from fires across the region may be visible at times.
Weather: Red Flag Warnings are in effect today across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for high temps, gusty winds, low humidities and dry fuels. Gusts of 20 mph will be common, with some areas expecting 40 mph gusts. Relative humidity could drop below 20-percent across most of the region. A cold front is expected to pass through our area this evening, with gusty winds to continue past sunset.
Fire Restrictions: There are no fire restrictions in the park. However, visitors are encouraged to be careful with fire.
Impacts to visitors and area residents: All roads leading to the park and 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.
Additional Information: Fire 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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Did You Know?
Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.