Fire Update, 09-19-2016

September 19, 2016 Posted by: Yellowstone Fire Information
Today's key points include:

  • The next update will be on Wednesday, September 21; sooner if significant activity occurs.
  • Fuels will continue to dry due to slightly warmer, humid weather over the next few days with 15-20 mph southwest winds. Winds and temperatures in the lower-60s may result in increasing fire behavior (creeping, isolated/small group torching), but large fire growth remains unlikely.  Fires will be monitored by air and action taken as needed.
  • Crews on the Buffalo Fire will be taking advantage of the minimal fire activity to assess work needed to remove hazards along trails and adjacent to cabins so they are safe for the public when they are reopened.
  • Fire is a natural part of the Yellowstone ecosystem. The fires burning today are slowly consuming dead wood and logs, cleaning fuels from the forest floor. By consuming these fuels now, the fires are reducing the likelihood of a future, catastrophic fire that could occur when conditions are extremely dry.
  • The Maple Fire continues to be monitored and patrolled by fire personnel. Rehabilitation of suppression and control lines is nearly complete. Intermittent smoke and possible flames may be visible over the next few weeks, as the fire will continue to creep and smolder through dense duff and large logs.
What's Open:
  • All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are open.
  • Park visitor centers, concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities are open.
  • The road into Slough Creek is open for the first half mile only (to the gravel pit) for fishing access.
  • Mount Holmes, Grizzly Lake, Winter Creek, and Trilobite Lake trails are outside the closure area for the Maple Fire.However, these trailheads remain closed due to road construction. Contact the Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160for information on accessing these trails.
  • The Barn's Hole Road and all park pullouts along the Madison River/West Entrance Road are open.

What's Closed

  • Slough Creek Campground and trails are closed due to the Buffalo Fire.
  • The Mary Mountain Trail is closed due to the Central Fire.
  • Visit the Current Fire Activity page for the full list and maps of current backcountry campsite, trail, and road closures. Fire Danger remains HIGH. Campfires are only allowed in provided rock or metal fire rings, grills, barbecues, or grates in the 11 developed campgrounds and some backcountry campsites.

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Last updated: September 19, 2016

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