Last updated: August 24, 2016
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Currently all roads within Yellowstone National Park are open, only the South entrance is closed. All park visitor facilities, including park concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities are not impacted by the fires and remain open.
Due to mechanical issues, an infrared flight that provides us with accurate fire mapping was not conducted last night. The Maple, Buffalo and Fawn fires all had new growth;acreages will be updated tonight if a new flight is conducted.
The Maple fire behavior and spread moderated yesterday under the cooler conditions and slightly lower temperatures. Strategic, small-scale, burnout operations are planned when the fire gets closer to the Madison River. The fire continues to slowly back to the west. It did show some growth to the north yesterday and the "fire boss" water scoopers worked that flank as a delaying action.
The Maple fire has not crossed the West Entrance road, and firefighters do not anticipate it crossing the road. The West Entrance road remains open. Should smoke or fire activity increase;pilot cars may be implemented to safely escort vehicles through the area.
Contingency plans have been developed, should the Maple fire move westward towards West Yellowstone, and firefighters plan on holding it to the east of the Madison River.
Diane Hutton's Wildland Fire Management Team has arrived and will be stationed in West Yellowstone. They will assume command of the Maple fire tomorrow at 6:00 am. A community meeting is being planned for Thursday evening in West Yellowstone. Details will be forthcoming.
Like Tuesday, the Buffalo fire showed increased fire activity early in the day, until smoke from the Maple fire shaded it, slowing down fire growth. Today, due to N-NE winds, little fire growth to the north is expected.
The Fawn fire continues to show growth as fuels dry out. Yesterday, water drops supported firefighters working to slow fire activity on the northeast side of the fire.
Air Quality Index: the Montana Department of Environmental Quality monitoring station in West Yellowstone is currently offline. No current report is available for today.
For additional details on current fires and fire restrictions, visit our Current Fire Activity page.