Fire Update, 9-13-2016

September 13, 2016 Posted by: Yellowstone Fire Information
Today's Key Points
  • Rain and snow across the park limited fire activity yesterday. Wet conditions today will again limit fire behavior. 
  • The South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park closed Sunday afternoon due to the Berry Fire burning south of the park. The park anticipates reopening the road sometime today. Call 307-344-2117 for the most up-to-date road information. 
  • On the Maple Fire, crews continue to patrol and monitor all areas of the fire. Today, crews will be rehabilitating control lines along the Madison River and the northwest corner of the fire.
  • The road into Slough Creek will be open today for the first half mile to the gravel pit to allow fishing access. Slough Creek Campground and area trails remain closed. 
  • Fire activity was minimal yesterday on the Fawn, Central, Jasper, and Buffalo fires.
  • For information on today's air quality, visit http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/ 
What's Open: 
  • All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are open, except for the South Entrance which is temporarily closed due to fire activity. 
  • Park visitor centers, concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities remain open. 
  • Mount Holmes, Grizzly Lake, Winter Creek, and Trilobite Lake trails are outside the closure area for the fire. However, these trailheads remain closed due to road construction. Contact the Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 for information on accessing these trails. 
  • The Barn's Hole Road and all park pullouts along the Madison River/West Entrance Road are open. 
What's Closed: 
  • The South Entrance is closed due to the Berry Fire, but is expected to open sometime today. Call 307-344-2117 for the most up-to-date road information. 
  • The Slough Creek Campground and trails 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.
Level 1 Fire Restrictions will be lifted today. Note that campfires are only allowed in provided rock or metal fire rings, grills, barbecues, or grates in the eleven developed campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. Visit the links below for additional details. 

Maple Fire: 45,377 acres (an increase of 1,887 acres since yesterday due to more accurate mapping) 
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 

The perimeter is secure. Engines and crews continue to patrol the fire's edge. 

Buffalo Fire: 10,839 acres, no increase since yesterday (Acreage is estimated;when weather conditions improve, IR imagery will provide more accurate data.) 
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. The east side of the Buffalo Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout –Northeast Webcam

Fawn Fire: 2,694, 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: 1,399 acres, no increase since yesterday. (Acreage is estimated;when weather conditions improve, IR imagery will provide more accurate data.) 
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 Central Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout –South Webcam

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

The Jasper Fire is unstaffed and will continue to be monitored. 

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