Fire Update, 9-15-2016

September 15, 2016 Posted by: Yellowstone Fire Information
Today's Key Points
  • Clouds and rain continue to limit fire behavior. However, firefighters saw plenty of smoke in the Slough Creek area of the Buffalo Fire yesterday, as jackpots of logs remaining from 1988 fires continue to smolder. 
  • On the Maple Fire, with warmer weather and lower humidity starting today, firefighters anticipate increased fire activity within the perimeter of the fire. Expect to see intermittent smoke in the coming days as the fire continues to creep through dense duff and logs. 
  • Fire activity was minimal yesterday on the Fawn, Central, and Jasper fires, with the Fawn Fire receiving a trace amount of rainfall. 
  • 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 Maple 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: approximately 1.25 mi NE of West Yellowstone (Intersection of US HWY 20 &287), 1.5 mi from Madison Junction 

Fire crews are completing the rehabilitation of control lines and are removing flagging, supplies and equipment from the burn area. Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor all areas of the fire. 

Buffalo Fire: 12,693 acres (an increase of 498 acres since yesterday due to improved mapping) 
Start Date: August 13, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: approximately 3 mi NE of Tower Junction 

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: 2,706 acres (an increase of 4 acres since yesterday due to improved mapping) 
Start Date: August 4, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: approximately 8.5 mi W of Mammoth Hot Springs, 16 mi NE of West Yellowstone, 10 miles SW of Gardiner 

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

Central Fire: 1,442 acres (an increase of 1 acre 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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