Last updated: September 16, 2016
Today's Key Points
- After several days of rain and clouds, a drying trend is forecast for the next few days with clear skies and lower relative humidity. Today, grasses and shrubs remain too wet to ignite. However, heavy fuels such as logs continue to hold heat, and could be a source for fire to ignite unburned islands within fire perimeters in the coming days.
- Fire is a natural part of the Yellowstone ecosystem. The fires burning today are slowly consuming dead wood and logs, cleaning fuels from the forest floor. By consuming these fuels now, the fires are reducing the likelihood of a future, catastrophic fire that could occur when conditions are extremely dry.
- On the Maple Fire, crews have completed removal of flagging and equipment from the burn area. Today they will be clearing hazard trees and snags from along trails.
- For information on today's air quality, visit http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/
- There will be no update over the weekend unless there is significant fire activity. The next update will be on Monday, September 19, 2016.
- 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.
- 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
Firefighters are continuing rehabilitation projects in and around the burn area and are monitoring all areas of the fire.
Buffalo Fire: 12,693 acres (no increase since yesterday)
Start Date: August 13, 2016 Cause: Lightning
Location: approximately 3 mi NE of Tower Junction
Firefighters are continuing to monitor the Buffalo Fire. The east side of the fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout –Northeast Webcam at go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.
Fawn Fire: 2,706 acres (no increase since yesterday)
Start Date: August 4, 2016 Cause: Lightning
Location: approximately 8 mi W of Mammoth Hot Springs, 19 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 (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 Central Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout –South Webcam at go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.For more information visit our Current Fire Activity page.