Fire Update, 8-25-2016

August 25, 2016 Posted by: Yellowstone Fire Information
Alert: The south entrance of Yellowstone National Park is closed due to a fire in Grand Teton National Park. A fire to the south of Yellowstone National Park, the Berry fire, located in Grand Teton National Park has prompted the closure of the south entrance to Yellowstone. Park visitors wishing to enter/exit through the South entrance of Yellowstone National Park will be unable to do so. The closure is expected to last several days. Access to the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park is not available. All other entrances to Yellowstone remain open at this time;this includes the East Entrance, Northeast Entrance (Cooke City), North Entrance (Gardiner), and West Entrance (West Yellowstone). 

For Grand Teton road information call (307) 739-3614.

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. 

Summary

An infrared flight that provides us with accurate fire mapping was flown last night. The acreages now reflect two days worth of growth. 

The Maple fire has not crossed the West Entrance road, and firefighters do not anticipate it crossing the road. There have reports of seeing the fire south of the road but this perception is based upon the view as people travel along an oxbow in 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. 

The Maple Fire has grown to 30,217 acres. Fire behavior and spread slowed yesterday under the cooler conditions, higher relative humidity, cloud cover, and even light rain over parts of the fire. Only the northern flank showed moderate growth. Flights over the fire showed that the interior is cool with only the perimeter of the fire remaining active. 

Fire crews have begun working on a fuel break on the western boundary of the park to help reduce the risk of wildfire for the community of West Yellowstone. 

Firefighters plan to hold the fire north of the Madison River (west of 7-Mile Bridge). The fire has started to slowly back down the cliff band above the Madison River. Strategic burn out operations are planned when the fire is closer to the river. 

Diane Hutton's Wildland Fire Management Team has assumed command of the Maple fire and is stationed in West Yellowstone. The Team will host a community meeting tonight, Thursday, August 25th, at 6:00 pm at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 245 Faithful St, West Yellowstone, MT. The community can meet the new incident management team, get an update on the Maple fire and hear more about the actions planned on the fire in the near future. 

The Buffalo fire has moved to the east of Buffalo Creek, and showed some additional growth on the south flank and is burning in sage and timber. 

The Fawn fire showed moderate growth yesterday. It continues to seek opportunities to grow as it finds receptive fuels. Firefighters remain at the Fawn Pass cabin to provide structure protection, and to monitor the fire movement. 

Air Quality Index: the Montana Department of Environmental Quality monitoring station in West Yellowstone is back online. Smoke reports are posted daily, generally in the afternoon. 

For additional details on current fires and fire restrictions, visit our Current Fire Activity page.


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  1. August 28, 2016 at 11:17
     

    will be staying at old faithful lodge how will we get there

     
  2. August 25, 2016 at 10:09
     

    Made that drive a few weeks ago; go around the park to the W to West Yellowstone MT, and go in that W entrance; a lot shorter than going to Cody; pretty drive too! Then take a right at Madison and head S to Old Faithful. About 3 hours?? Ish?

     
  3. August 25, 2016 at 04:45
     

    We will be staying in Jackson in a few days and then have reservations at old Faithful lodge. How will we drive there from Jackson?

     
  4. August 25, 2016 at 04:45
     

    We will be staying in Jackson in a few days and then have reservations at old Faithful lodge. How will we drive there from Jackson?

     
 
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