Fire Update, 9-21-2016

September 21, 2016 Posted by: Yellowstone Fire Information

Today's Key Points

This will be the final update unless significant activity occurs. For current fire information, go to the Yellowstone Fire Information website:

Very little fire activity is expected today as the weather will be mostly cloudy with isolated rain or snow showers this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail is possible in the afternoon. Fires will be monitored by air and action taken as needed.

Crews on the Buffalo Fire will remove structure protection from the Elk Tongue and Lower Slough Creek Cabins and hazard trees that could affect Slough Creek Campground. Crews will also remove structure protection equipment from the transfer station at Slough Creek.

On the Maple Fire, the warmer weather and gusty winds yesterday produced active interior burning in the area between Cougar Creek and Richards Creek. The smoke and single burning trees were visible from Highway 191 and there was smoke in the valleys north of West Yellowstone this morning.

Crews on the Maple Fire also hope to finish re-seeding the contingency and control lines on National Forest lands today before the predicted rains arrive this evening. The fire continues to be monitored, mapped, and patrolled by fire personnel.

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.

Closures are continually evaluated and may change as fire activity decreases. 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: 45,425 acres (last updated on Sep. 16th from a combination of IR and manual edit)

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 continue rehabilitation projects in and around the burn area and are monitoring all areas of the fire.

Buffalo Fire: 12,693 acres (last updated on Sep. 14th from a combination of IR and aerial recon)

Start Date: August 13, 2016 Cause: Lightning

Location: approximately 3 mi NE of Tower Junction

Crews are removing structure protection from the Elk Tongue and Lower Slough Creek Cabins and from the Slough Creek transfer station. The Buffalo Fire area can be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout –Northeast Webcam at

Fawn Fire: 2,706 acres (last updated on Sep. 13th from IR)

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

Central Fire: 2,129 acres (last updated on Sep. 19th from IR)

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 and Fawn Fires remain unstaffed and will continue to be monitored. The Central Fire area can be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout –South Webcam at

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