Yellowstone National Park Fire Update For 12:00 p.m. September 11, 2012
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Al Nash or Dan Hottle
September 11, 2012 - 12:00 p.m.
Summary: Little growth has occurred on the fires burning in Yellowstone National Park in the past few days. However, Red Flag Warnings remain in effect until midnight across South Central Montana due to gusty winds, low humidities and dry fuels.
No further daily updates will be provided unless there is a significant increase in fire or smoke activity.
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 with more gusty winds forecasted. 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: Much cooler temps are expected today across the area, but humidities will still dip into the teens, and gusty winds will continue. The Red Flag Warning for South Central Montana is in effect until midnight, but may be cancelled around sunset. Very cold to freezing temperatures are forecast tonight, with Wednesday remaining cool. A warm-up is forecast to begin again on Thursday.
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.