Fire Update, 8-27-2016

August 27, 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 road is not expected to open this weekend. 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

A new fire, the Central fire, was reported on Friday, August 26, and is currently 0.1 acre. It is located 9 miles west of the Lake developed area and 2 miles south of Hayden Valley, on the NW corner of the 2015 Spruce fire, which is expected to block growth to the east. It will be managed under a monitor and point protection strategy. There are no closures at this time. 

Temperatures are expected to increase and the winds should shift to westerly flow over the upcoming days. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the area, including Yellowstone National Park, for increasing temperatures, lower humidity and high gusty winds. Firefighters anticipate increased fire activity today and for the next several days. 

On the Maple fire, the fire behavior and spread has been minimal for several days. Only the perimeter of the fire remains active, with the most activity seen near Gneiss Creek. The fire continues to slowly back along the western flank. 

Fire crews continue to work 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.

Crews have also begun a fuel reduction project for Duck Creek. The fuel reduction at Madison Junction has been completed. 

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. Members of the Fire Behavior Assessment Team (FBAT) will continue installing sensors and reading sensor plots. 

Firefighters remain at the Fawn Pass cabin to provide structure protection, and to monitor the fire movement. The fire is now on the south side of the Gallatin River and is in alignment with topography and fuels that could produce new growth. 

An Air Resources Advisor will be assigned to the fires to share information about smoke patterns from the fire, using ground equipment and modeling programs. Valleys, including West Yellowstone, should expect smoke in the morning under a prevailing inversion pattern.

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

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Last updated: August 27, 2016

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