Fire Update, 8-28-2016

August 28, 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 at this time. Fire managers currently anticipate being able to reopen access to the south entrance sometime Tuesday, August 30. This is subject to change dependent on weather and fire conditions. 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 Red Flag Warning is in effect today. It will be hot and dry with breezy southwest winds. Active fire behavior is expected to continue for the next week due to hot, dry, windy weather.

The Maple Fire was active yesterday especially in the Cougar Creek drainage on the eastern flank and along the Gneiss Creek drainage to the northeast. The Maple Fire is approximately 3.8 miles from West Yellowstone, 1.7 miles from Madison Junction and 3.5 miles from the Mount Holmes Lookout.

Fuels reduction projects continue on the western boundary of the park near West Yellowstone and Duck Creek. These are designed to help reduce the risk of wildfire for the communities and provide a safer location for firefighters to respond to the fire. These areas are closed while the work is completed. This includes the Boundary Trail and the Riverside Trail. The Old Airport Road is closed while the Incident Command Post is in place. Fuels reduction for defensible space is also underway at Norris Junction and Geyser Basin near the campgrounds, museum, and the administrative area.

There will be a Maple Fire community meeting Monday, August 29 at 7:30 pm at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 245 Faithful St., West Yellowstone, MT.

The Buffalo Fire grew approximately 200 acres yesterday. It is now established on the north side of Buffalo Creek, burning in open Douglas-fir forest and grassy meadows to the east. Moderate fire activity is expected to continue.

The Fawn Fire grew approximately 50 acres yesterday, primarily in the evening. It has become established on the south side of the drainage in an area where alignment with topography, fuels and wind could lead to new growth.

Fire managers continue to monitor the Central Fire where it is burning on top of a small bench where it is currently sheltered by the wind. If the fire continues to grow, fire managers anticipate an area that burned during the 2015 Spruce Fire will limit the fire's spread to the east.

An Air Resources Advisor will be arriving Monday to help share information about smoke patterns, using ground equipment and modeling programs. Valleys, including West Yellowstone, should expect smoke in the morning under a prevailing inversion pattern. Montana Department of Environmental Quality smoke reports for West Yellowstone are posted daily, generally in the afternoon. You can visit https://go.nps.gov/yellowstonewebcams to view current park conditions. Visit http://bit.ly/firesandyourhealth for information on fires and your health.

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


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  1. September 07, 2016 at 06:36
     

    Is the south entrance open to yellowstone? Today is sept 7

     
  2. September 07, 2016 at 06:34
     

    Is the south entrance open to yellowstone? Today is sept 7

     
  3. August 28, 2016 at 12:25
     

    That's good news! I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for I had planned to use that exit to catch a flight at Jackson Hole on Monday September 5th.

     
 
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