Fire Update, 8-30-2016

August 30, 2016 Posted by: Yellowstone Fire Information

All entrances to Yellowstone are open at this time.

Successful efforts by firefighters on the Berry Fire to make Highway 89/191/287 safe for travel in Grand Teton National Park have allowed the road and the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park to be opened this morning.

Park visitor facilities, including park concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities remain open.

Summary: Increased fire activity and smoke are expected to continue. Increasing winds are expected for the rest of the week, while temperatures remain warm and humidity is critically low.

Maple Fire: 34,968 acres(approximately 1,910 acre increase)
approx. 3.67 mi NE of West Yellowstone (Intersection of US Hwys 20 &287), 3.57 mi SW of Mount Holmes Lookout, 1.78 mi from Madison Junction
Yesterday the Maple Fire was very active on the northwest corner.Air resources dropped water in that area to assist firefighters with managing the fire. A large Chinook helicopter and a smaller type 2 helicopter were used in the Cougar Creek area and two Fire Bosses were used in the Gneiss Creek area.Fire crews will follow-up with deploying hose lays in the Cougar and Gneiss Creek areas in support of potential burnout operations today designed to confine the fire to the park.Fire containment lines have been anchored into the former Boundary Fire area.The fire perimeters on the north and east flanks are more active due to influences from the prevailing southwest winds.

Park visitors may safely view the Maple Fire at designated areas between the West Entrance and Madison Junction where the fire has burned down to the road, just east of 7 Mile Bridge. Fire information personnel will be available to answer questions. Fire managers may continue small burnout operations will continue as opportunities present themselves in the 7 Mile Bridge area to provide a clean fire edge that reduces spotting, flanking, and other control issues while providing an anchor point for crews along the southern flank to hold the fire north of the Madison River (west of 7 Mile Bridge).

Fire crews continue to work on the fuels reduction projects on the western boundary of the park to help reduce the risk of wildfire spread into the vicinity of West Yellowstone and the Duck Creek subdivisions.Fuel reduction and structure protection measures with sprinkler systems at Madison Junction and Norris Geyser area have been completed.

Buffalo Fire: 4,008 acres(approximately 430 acre increase)
: approximately 3 mi NE of Tower Junction and 3 mi S of the park boundary, and is visible from the Lamar Valley
The Buffalo Fire grew to the east yesterday. Firefighters continue to monitor the fire and are providing point protection for values at risk including the Elk Tongue Cabin and Sough Creek Campground.

Fawn Fire: 2,016 acres (approximately 130 acre increase)
: W of Fawn Pass, approximately 11 mi W of Mammoth Hot Springs, 16 mi NE of West Yellowstone, 13 mi SW of Gardiner, and 35 mi SE of Big Sky
The majority of Fawn Fire activity remains within the existing perimeter.

Central Fire:840 acres(approximately 754 acre increase)
approx. 9 mi W of Lake developed area and 2 mi S of Hayden Valley
Growth was plume dominated yesterday.The Central Fire is burning in a remote area. Fire managers are monitoring the fire as it continues to play its natural role in the ecosystem. An area that burned during the 2015 Spruce Fire is expected to limit its spread to the east.

Smoke: Smoke is expected to increase over the next few days. Valleys, including West Yellowstone, should expect smoke in the morning under a prevailing inversion pattern. Traffic control may be implemented on park roads at times if heavy smoke is present. Visit for more information on fires and your health. Smoke reports for West Yellowstone are posted daily to

Read more about current fires and restrictions on our Current Fire Activity page.


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  1. August 31, 2016 at 09:21

    Great news the highway it's opened now and great job to the firefighters. Michael,

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