Fire Update, 9-14-2016

September 14, 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. However, heavy fuels such as logs remaining from the 1988 fires continue to smolder.
  • On the Maple Fire today, fire crews will continue rehabilitation of the control line in the Cougar Creek and Gneiss Creek areas. Firefighters will also continue to patrol and monitor all areas of the fire.
  • Aside from smoldering logs, 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. 
  • Park visitor centers, concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities are open.
  • The road into Slough Creek is open for the first half mile only (to the gravel pit) for fishing access. 
  • 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:
  • 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. 
Fire danger remains high. Campfires are only allowed in provided rock or metal fire rings, grills, barbecues, or grates in the 11 developed campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. Visit the links below for additional details. 

Maple Fire: 45,377 acres (no increase since yesterday) 
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 

Yesterday, firefighters finished rehabilitating line along the west and southwest perimeter of the fire along the Madison River. The perimeter is secure. Engines and crews continue to patrol the fire's edge. 

Buffalo Fire: 12,195 acres, an increase of 1,356 acres since yesterday due to improved mapping. 
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 continue to monitor the Slough Creek area. The east side of the Buffalo Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout –Northeast Webcam.

Fawn Fire: 2,702 acres, an increase of 8 acres since yesterday due to improved mapping. 
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: 1,441 acres, an increase of 42 acres since yesterday due to improved mapping. 
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: Lightning Location: 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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