Yellowstone National Park Fire Update - August 15 @ 1:00 p.m.
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Al Nash or Dan Hottle
NOTE: At this time all of the current fires burning in Yellowstone will be reported on one fire update.
August 15, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Overview: The lightning caused Alder Fire was detected on Wednesday morning in a remote area on Promontory Peninsula. On the Promontory it is north of Alder Lake, between the south and southeastern arms of Yellowstone Lake. This small fire is burning in heavy timber and is surrounded by Yellowstone Lake to the North, East, and West. It is estimated at less than 1 acre.
Overview: The lightning-caused Alum Fire was discovered just after the Alder Fire on Wednesday morning, August 14, 2013. It is located south of Hayden Valley and southwest of Mud Volcano and just east of Alum Creek. It is less than 1 acre and continues to smolder. It has the Hayden Valley to the north which will act as a barrier to fire spread.
Overview: The lighting-caused Druid Fire was reported the afternoon of August 9th. It is burning in dangerous, steep, heavily timbered terrain on a north aspect of Druid Peak in the Lamar Valley north of Soda Butte above the Northeast Entrance Road. Fire behavior is smoldering as well as torching in isolated trees.
Overview: The lightning caused Snake Fire that was discovered August 5th is located in pockets of heavy timber about three miles east of the South Entrance to Yellowstone. The roughly 200 acre fire has had no significant change in the behavior of this fire and it has shown very little smoke in the last few days. Fire managers continue to monitor this fire and address plans for the safety to firefighters and the public, protection of structures, communities, natural and cultural resources.
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.
Warmer drier weather is expected to move into the area today with temperatures from 74-81 degrees.
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?
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.