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Arnica Fire Update - September 27, 6:45 p.m.

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Date: September 27, 2009
Contact: Brian Suderman
Contact: Stacy Vallie, (307) 344-2015

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 27, 2009 - 6:45 p.m.    09-098    
Brian Suderman or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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ARNICA FIRE

Probable Start Date: September 13, 2009
Reported: September 23, 2009            Cause: Lightning Estimated Size: 8300 acres  

IMPACTS TO VISITORS AND AREA RESIDENTS: For safety reasons the road between the Junction at Fishing Bridge and West Thumb will remain closed throughout the night and possibly into tomorrow. The fire is currently burning up to the road. Crews will be working to remove hazardous burned snags on and along the side of the road as soon as it can be done safely.

Smoky conditions will affect air quality today and are likely to continue tomorrow. Individuals with weakened immune systems and those with heart and lung conditions could be most affected.

LOCATION: Two miles northwest of Bridge Bay with small spot fires within one mile of Bridge Bay.

OVERVIEW: The lightning-caused fire is burning in a flat area of mature lodgepole pine forest and is estimated at 8300 acres.

TOMORROW’S FORECAST: Sunny, highs in the mid 60s with relative humidity 10-15%. Variable winds 5 – 9 mph becoming southwest around 12 mph with higher gusts after 1:00 PM.

FIRE AND ROAD UPDATES: Visitors can use the following sources to access up-to-date information: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1901/; http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm, or by calling the 24-hour road information line at 307-344-2117, or the fire information line at 307-344-2580.

    - www.nps.gov/yell -

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