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Druid Complex Fire Update - Sept. 4, 2013 - 9:00 a.m.

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Date: September 4, 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
September 4, 2013       13-071N  

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

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DRUID COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE
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Fire Information Line (307)242-7422
www.druidcomplex.blogspot.com
Recorded Fire Update (307)344-2580
Email Yellowstone.fire.info@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.

Six wildfires smoldering in Yellowstone Park are having no effect on visitors. Three showed no
smoke at all Tuesday. The most active, the Alum fire, was burning in a few concentrations of
heavier fuels and isolated stumps and roots in the ground. Firefighters continue to monitor
these lightning-caused fires as they are a natural part of the ecosystem. Those fires refresh
and renew the lodge pole pine forests.

The cooler weather and precipitation the Park has received the past few days has allowed fire
managers to down-size the organization for the reduced current and expected fire activity. Fire
managers feel good that the minimal fire activity and recent precipitation are giving some
firefighters the opportunity to move on to higher priority fires and others a rest break at home
after what has been a long and strenuous season. These actions will not jeopardize public or
firefighter safety. And if the fire activity again increases, fire managers have access to the
national ordering system to increase the fire fighting forces quickly and efficiently. A total of 58
firefighters were involved in operations yesterday (9/3) and forces will likely be trimmed a little
more today.

When the Alum fire was burning strongly to the west in the third week of August, fire managers
laid plans to protect developed areas along Yellowstone Lake by preparing a defensible fireline
nearby from which to burn out fuels if necessary. Since then firefighters have cleared a
defensible indirect line along much of the power line that runs from the Lake area to Bridge
Bay. Lanes under power lines are kept clear of large trees to prevent electrical transmission
problems but firefighters widened this corridor and so far no burning has been needed. The
brush and material hauled out has gone into an area burned by the 2009 Arnica fire, south of
Bridge Bay.

Firefighters completed most of that task Tuesday, but are waiting for drier weather so they can
remove the mats laid over marshy areas for machinery to work on and not damage any
wetlands.

Additional information can be found on the web at:

www.druidcomplex.blogspot.com  - for updates as they become available
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/5382
Twitter @YellowstoneNPS
Facebook at YellowstoneNPS
Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowstonenps/sets/72157635186710997/
Yellowstone National Park Website http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm
Web Cams at http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

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Did You Know?

Seventh Cavalry Ensignia Pin.

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.