Fire Update, 8-26-2016

August 26, 2016 Posted by: Yellowstone Fire Information
Alert: The south entrance of Yellowstone National Park remains 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

Fire growth will be moderate today due to weather conditions. Light rain was observed over the Maple fire this morning. Partly cloudy skies and similar humidity (27-32%), and temperatures (58-63) are forecasted for today. The outlook for Saturday shows a return to normal weather conditions, sunny and warmer with gusty winds. 

The Maple, Buffalo and Fawn fires all had slight new growth;acreages will be updated tonight if a new infrared flight is conducted. The infrared flight that provides us with accurate fire mapping was not conducted last night. 

Fire behavior and spread was minimal yesterday on the Maple fire, under the cooler conditions, higher relative humidity, and intermittent cloud cover. In the afternoon, pockets of dead and down trees were being consumed near the fire edge. The interior of the fire is cool with only the perimeter of the fire remaining active. 

Fire crews are working on a fuels reduction project on the western boundary of the park to help reduce the risk of wildfire for the community of West Yellowstone. This area is closed while the work is completed. This includes the Boundary Trail and the Riverside Trail. Additionally, the Old Airport Road is closed while the Incident Command Post is in place.

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. 

The Buffalo fire showed moderate fire activity on Thursday. Today, members of the Fire Behavior Assessment Team (FBAT) will continue installing sensors in areas ahead of anticipated fire growth. 

Firefighters remain at the Fawn Pass cabin to provide structure protection, and to monitor the fire movement. Fire behavior is also anticipated to be moderate today to weather conditions. It continues to seek opportunities to grow as it finds receptive fuels. 

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. 

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 08:07
     

    For trips through first week of Sept (incl Labor Day weekend) I'd plan on using the West Entrance to get in/out of the park. It's much better scenery and you can avoid Jackson which is really just an expensive tourist trap anyway. Look at the fire as a blessing in that respect. For later trips, you'll probably be free to use any gate.

     
  2. August 28, 2016 at 07:04
     

    We are/were planning on driving out the south entrance from Canyon where we will stay then we have rooms booked in Jackson for Sept 5th. 😳 Should I change plans while I still can~this is next week our First visit to YNP

     
  3. August 28, 2016 at 07:04
     

    We are/were planning on driving out the south entrance from Canyon where we will stay then we have rooms booked in Jackson for Sept 5th. 😳 Should I change plans while I still can~this is next week our First visit to YNP

     
  4. Dan
    August 26, 2016 at 04:04
     

    We have plans to visit the park Sept. 23-30, flying into Salt Lake and driving through the south entrance. Any prediction on the parks air quality and clean-up? We are trying to decide if we should reschedule since we are both sensitive to smoke. Thanks!

     
  5. Dan
    August 26, 2016 at 04:04
     

    We have plans to visit the park Sept. 23-30, flying into Salt Lake and driving through the south entrance. Any prediction on the parks air quality and clean-up? We are trying to decide if we should reschedule since we are both sensitive to smoke. Thanks!

     
 
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