Rain Quiets Fire Activity In Yellowstone
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2012
The Columbine Fire, located south of the East Entrance road and U.S. Highway 14-16-20 in Yellowstone National Park and the Shoshone National Forest, is reported at 18,255 acres this morning. Firefighters have been working to suppress and contain this lightning-caused fire since it was discovered on August 9th. Mark Grant’s Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team is directing the firefighting effort and is in charge of public information regarding the fire. Updates are available on the web at http://inciweb.org/incident/920/ or by phone at 307-344-2580.
A 4-person Yellowstone National Park trails crew and 2 members of the Yellowstone Helitack crew remain assigned to the Owl Fire, in northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park east of U.S. Highway 191 and north of the Montana/Wyoming state line. They’re conducting patrols and rehabilitating the fire line, after West Yellowstone Smokejumpers and a 20-person Bureau of Land Management hand crew helped suppress an 8 acre spot which flared up inside the fire containment line earlier in the week. The Owl Fire is estimated at 2,800 acres.
The Beaverdam Fire is located deep in the backcountry, east of the southeast arm of Yellowstone Lake and south of the Columbine Fire. It was started by lightning on July 22. The Beaverdam Fire is being actively managed as a Wildland Fire Used For Resource Benefit, since it poses no threat to people or property. It is estimated at 1,300 acres.
The Promontory Fire was started August 9 by three separate lightning strikes on The Promontory, a large peninsula at the south end of Yellowstone Lake. The three individual fires have merged together. This fire is being actively managed as a Wildland Fire Used For Resource Benefit, since it poses no threat to people or property. Estimated size is 1,600 acres.
Recent rainfall has temporarily reduced the fire danger in the park. However, fire restrictions remain in effect.
None of the fires in the park pose a threat to visitors. Yellowstone averages twenty-two lightning caused fires a year. Fifteen of the twenty fires which have occurred in the park this year have been started by lightning. Yellowstone National Park aggressively works to suppress all human-caused fires and any naturally occurring fires when they threaten people or developed areas.
All park entrances and roads are open to the public. All camping, lodging, restaurants, stores, service stations, and visitor centers inside the park are open. Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.
Some backcountry trails and campsites near these fires are temporarily closed. Updated information is available at all of the park’s Backcountry Offices or by calling 307-344-2160 during business hours.
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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.