Fire Update, 9-11-2016

September 11, 2016 Posted by: Yellowstone Fire Information
Today's Key Points
  • Breezy, warm weather with low relative humidity will create conditions for active fire behavior today.
  • Yesterday, firefighters made good progress on the burnout operation that began on Thursday for the Maple Fire. Today, firefighters will continue securing the fire's edge along the Madison River. The purpose of the burnout is to create a break in fuels between the town of West Yellowstone and the fire, providing protection to communities in the West Yellowstone area for both this and future fires.
  • A large smoke plume from the Maple Fire is likely to appear between West Yellowstone and Norris this afternoon due to high winds in the area of the burnout. Smoke may impact visibility on the West Entrance Road and along Highway 191. Drivers should reduce speeds and remain vigilant in this area.
  • Firefighters continue to actively monitor the Buffalo Fire, patrolling the area along Slough Creek.
  • Note that the Slough Creek area remains closed to entry due to continued activity on the Buffalo Fire. Fishing access to Slough Creek is currently closed. 
  • Firefighters continue to monitor the Fawn, Central, and Jasper fires. Smoke plumes were evident from all the fires yesterday due to breezy conditions. Winds are forecast to be stronger today, so expect to see smoke plumes near each of these fires.
  • Smoke from yesterday's burnout on the Maple Fire moved into the West Yellowstone area early this morning, and should disperse as the inversion lifts. Southwest winds should keep smoke from today's fire activity away from the West Yellowstone area this afternoon. Mammoth Hot Springs will likely have moderate levels of smoke into the evening. Air quality for today is predicted to be MODERATE for Mammoth and GOOD for the rest of the region. 
What's Open: 
  • All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are open. 
  • Park visitor centers, concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities remain open.
  • The Harlequin Lake and Purple Mountain trails are open. 
  • Mount Holmes, Grizzly Lake, Winter Creek, and Trilobite Lake trails are now outside the closure area for the fire. However, trailheads remain closed due to road construction. Contact the Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 for information on accessing these trails. 
What's Closed: 
  • The Bakers Hole area of the Madison River is closed due to the burnout operation on the Maple Fire.  The Slough Creek Campground and surrounding area are closed due to the Buffalo Fire.
  • The Mary Mountain Trail is closed due to the Central Fire.
  • Visit the links below for the full list and maps of current backcountry campsite, trail, and road closures. 
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Are In Effect. Charcoal and wood campfires are prohibited in backcountry campsites, but are allowed in campgrounds and picnic areas. Visit the links below for additional details. 

Maple Fire: 42,400 acres (400 acre increase since yesterday due to burn operations) Start Date: August 8, 2016 Cause: Lightning 
Location: approx. 2.89 mi NE of West Yellowstone (Intersection of US HWY 20 &287), 3.57 mi SW of Mount Holmes Lookout, 1.78 mi from Madison Junction 

Burnout operations that began on Thursday are continuing as firefighters strengthen the fuel break east and north of the Madison River. The eastern edge is secure and is no longer threatening Madison Junction or Norris. Fire crews have established control lines from the Transfer Station north to Gneiss Creek and to the ridge top south of Campanula Creek. Engines and crews continue to patrol the fire's edge. 

Buffalo Fire: 10,828 acres (no increase since yesterday) Start Date: August 13, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: approximately 3 mi NE of Tower Junction and 1.6 mi S of the park boundary 

Crews have completed cleanup of downed and hazardous trees from trails. Firefighters are actively patrolling the east side of this fire in the Slough Creek area. The east side of the Buffalo Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout –Northeast Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams. 

Fawn Fire: 2,686 (no increase since yesterday) Start Date: August 4, 2016 Cause: Lightning 
Location: W of Fawn Pass, approximately 8.5 mi W of Mammoth Hot Springs, 16 mi NE of West Yellowstone, 10 miles SW of Gardiner, and 27 mi SE of Big Sky 

The Fawn Fire remains unstaffed and will continue to be monitored. Preparations for structure protection remain in place. 

Central Fire: 1,398 acres (no increase since yesterday) Start Date: August 26, 2016 Cause: Lightning 
Location: a remote area, approximately 7 mi W of Lake developed area and 2 mi S of Hayden Valley 

The Central Fire remains unstaffed and will continue to be monitored. The fire continues to creep to the west and north into heavier timber. The Central Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout –South Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams. 

Jasper Fire: 0.1 acres (no increase since yesterday) Start Date: September 4, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 5.8 miles E of Tower Junction near Specimen Ridge. 

The Jasper Fire is burning in a small group of trees and presents no imminent threat to park facilities. It is unstaffed and will be monitored. Fire managers do not anticipate any closures since this fire is burning in a remote area. 

10 Comments Comments icon

  1. September 11, 2016 at 10:00
     

    Is the south entrance still closed?? In Cody, Wyoming right now and planning our visit tomorrow through the south entrance! Ugh!

     
  2. September 11, 2016 at 10:00
     

    Is the south entrance still closed?? In Cody, Wyoming right now and planning our visit tomorrow through the south entrance! Ugh!

     
  3. September 11, 2016 at 10:00
     

    Is the south entrance still closed?? In Cody, Wyoming right now and planning our visit tomorrow through the south entrance! Ugh!

     
  4. September 11, 2016 at 09:59
     

    Is the south entrance still closed?? In Cody, Wyoming right now and planning our visit tomorrow through the south entrance! Ugh!

     
  5. September 11, 2016 at 09:59
     

    Is the south entrance still closed?? In Cody, Wyoming right now and planning our visit tomorrow through the south entrance! Ugh!

     
  6. September 11, 2016 at 09:59
     

    Is the south entrance still closed?? In Cody, Wyoming right now and planning our visit tomorrow through the south entrance! Ugh!

     
  7. September 11, 2016 at 09:59
     

    Is the south entrance still closed?? In Cody, Wyoming right now and planning our visit tomorrow through the south entrance! Ugh!

     
  8. September 11, 2016 at 09:59
     

    Is the south entrance still closed?? In Cody, Wyoming right now and planning our visit tomorrow through the south entrance! Ugh!

     
  9. September 11, 2016 at 09:59
     

    Is the south entrance still closed?? In Cody, Wyoming right now and planning our visit tomorrow through the south entrance! Ugh!

     
  10. September 11, 2016 at 08:16
     

    We were in the park today. We entered the park from the Northeast Entrance about 1 pm. The winds were very strong. There was a big plume of smoke from the Buffalo Fire at Slough Creek. When we were at Bay Bridge Ranger Station they closed the road to the South Entrance. Then while driving out through the East Entrance and Cody the smoke was so thick you couldn't see the mountains around us. Stopping at Walmart for a few things we were amazed when we came out, to find the temp had dropped 20 degrees, the wind was blowing hard, and the smoke had lifted.

     
 
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