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Yellowstone National Park Fire Update - August 13, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m.

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Date: August 13, 2013

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 13, 2013             13-063A   

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

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK FIRE UPDATE
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August 13, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

Druid Fire Information: Marianne Baumberger 406-579-3732

Reported:       Friday afternoon, August 9, 2013
Location: On the north aspect of Druid Peak, located in the Lamar Valley, approximately two miles northwest of Soda Butte above the North Entrance Road.      
Cause: Lightning
Current Size:  Estimated at 3 acres – Zero percent contained
Resources:     One Type 3 helicopter and 20 other personnel

Overview: The Druid Fire was reported early Friday afternoon, August 9th. It is located on a north aspect of Druid Peak in the Lamar Valley north of Soda Butte above the Northeast Entrance Road. It is approximately three acres and is burning in dangerous, steep, heavily timbered terrain. Fire behavior is smoldering as well as torching in isolated trees.


Fire managers will monitor this fire and prepare long term management plans that address safety to firefighters and the public, protection of structures, communities, natural and cultural resources.

Public and firefighter safety is always the first concern and priority for managers in Yellowstone National Park. The Greater Yellowstone area is a fire-adapted ecosystem. This fire is in the vicinity of the Butte Fire from 2009. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of this area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation.

Today’s Planned Actions: Crews will be keeping eyes on the fire to watch for any significant changes in its behavior and movement. Other crews will be implementing fuels reduction around a radio repeater site near the Druid Fire to safeguard it in the event the fire moves in that direction. Potential water sites appropriate for use in water drops on the fire will be scouted and documented today.


Weather: Today’s weather is expected to be similar to Monday with widespread, isolated showers and thunderstorms around the park. Temperatures are expected to be 70-78 degrees and minimum relative humidity’s are predicted to be 20-26%. Drier air is expected to arrive sometime on Wednesday.
Impacts to visitors and area residents: All roads leading into and through the park and the surrounding forest and all campgrounds, lodging, stores, and visitor services are open. The fire does not pose a threat to visitors. At times a smoke column rising above the fire may be visible from various spots along the Northeast Entrance Road.

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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