Yellowstone National Park Fire Update for 11:00 a.m. September 14, 2012
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Al Nash or Dan Hottle
September 14, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.
Summary: An increase in temperatures along with drier fuel moistures and some gusty winds could reawaken fire and smoke activity on the fires burning in Yellowstone National Park heading into the weekend. Saturday's forecast includes a Fire Weather Watch for critical fire conditions in the park.
Cygnet Fire: Depending on the right fire weather conditions this weekend, open flames and heavy smoke activity could be seen along the Norris to Canyon road where this 2,500 acre, lightning-caused fire is burning. A section of the backcountry south of the road corridor remains closed. Increased fire and/or smoke activity could also result in a temporary road closure and closure of trails to the north of the road. Located 5 miles southwest of Canyon Village, the Cygnet Fire 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: Sunny with warmer temperatures today and light to moderate winds combined with lower afternoon humidities create a higher potential for large plume-dominated fire growth. A cold front is expected to move across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem on Sunday, cooling things back to seasonal temps, but isn't expected to bring much precipitation.
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.