Yellowstone National Park Fire Update - August 16, 2013 @ 11:00 a.m
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Al Nash or Dan Hottle
August 16, 2013 – 11: 00 a.m.
Summary: Five lightning caused fires are currently burning in the backcountry of Yellowstone Park. Thursday’s warmer drier weather created conditions for two of the fires to increase activity and size. Both the Druid and Alder Fires are visible from vantage points in the park. Fire managers are monitoring all of the fires to address safety to firefighters and the public, protection of structures, communities, natural and cultural resources. By late afternoon Thursday smoke drifted in and settled over the park from fires in Southwestern Montana and Idaho.
Druid Fire: The Druid Fire was reported on August 9th and is burning in dangerous, steep heavily timbered terrain on a north aspect of Druid Peak in the Lamar Valley. It is northwest of Soda Butte well above the Northeast Entrance Road. Thursday the fire increased in size moving to the east/northeast as well as pushing spots over the ridge to the south into sparsely vegetated rocky terrain. As of Thursday night the fire is estimated to be around 13 acres in size. Favorable conditions for the fire to increase are expected again today.
Alder Fire: This fire was discovered on August 14th on Promontory Peninsula which is contained within Yellowstone Lake and an old burned area from 1988. Thursday the fire increased its size within heavy timber that is surrounded by the Lake to the north, east, and west. As of last night the estimated size is approximately 50 acres. The fire is again expected to increase in size Friday. Backcountry campsites on the upper western shores of the peninsula are closed.
Other Fires: A new fire in Yellowstone was discovered Thursday afternoon south of the Promontory Peninsula within an old 1988 burned area. It was seen smoldering yesterday within sparse vegetation. Both the remote Alum Fire (south of Hayden Valley) and Snake Fire (southern boundary of Yellowstone Park) showed very little activity Thursday. A new fire was also discovered Thursday in the neighboring John D. Rockefeller Parkway between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. That small fire is being suppressed.
Weather: Drier area Thursday night will set us up for another hot, dry, smoky day Friday with temperatures highs from 75-84 degrees. A cold front is forecast to slowly move across our area late Saturday and Sunday and could bring limited relief and even a chance for some isolated showers and thunderstorms.
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. These fires pose no threat to visitors or area residents.
Additional information: Fire information is available 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.