Fire Update, 9-3-2016

September 03, 2016 Posted by: Yellowstone Fire Information

Today, there will be more cloud cover. High temperatures will be 15 degrees cooler than on Thursday. Relative humidity will be 25-30%. Winds will be out of the southwest at 15-20mph with 25mph gusts. Showers are expected tonight. Cool, wet weather is expected on both Sunday and Monday. Fire behavior will be moderated compared to the last few days. Not much fire perimeter growth is expected today. However, unburned islands within the fire's perimeter are expected to burn actively.

There are fire information boards posted around the park including at the Albright Visitor Center at Mammoth Hot Springs, near the Slough Creek Campground entrance east of Tower Junction, at the Canyon Village Education Center, at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center, along the road between the West Entrance and Madison Junction, and at the Norris Geyser Basin. Public Information Officers are frequently stationed at these locations to answer questions about fire information.

Yesterday fire crews on the Maple Fire conducted burnout operations of approximately 600 acres south of Cougar Creek toward the Transfer Station using hand lighting and aerial ignition. This action reinforces the established control lines from the Transfer station, north to Gneiss Creek to the ridge top south of Campanula Creek.

The Buffalo Fire is visible from several vantage points along the road between Tower Junction and the Northeast Entrance. The fire is active on the east side of the fire in sage brush and grass. The fire crossed Slough Creek and helicopters are supporting fire crews on the ground to keep the fire from crossing the Slough Creek Trail. The fire is moving northeast along Anderson Ridge.

The Fawn Fire had very little activity on the east side of the fire yesterday. The north and south sides of the fire are burning in dead and down timber and larger amounts of smoke may be seen in these areas. Fire activity has also been especially active on northeast slopes on the Fawn Fire where there are dense stands of mature timber. 

The Central Fire experienced very high winds yesterday which kept smoke low to the ground. ·  Firefighters continue to work along portions of the West Entrance Road between West Yellowstone and Madison Junction. Drivers must stay alert and use caution when traveling in this area.

Good air quality is expected in in West Yellowstone today. Light smoke may return this evening and persist through tonight briefly reaching Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups levels early tomorrow morning. In the Duck Creek area, unhealthy smoke levels will linger and clear by mid-morning with the break in the inversion. Mammoth may see hazy conditions today with smoke possibly reaching Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups levels by early evening, clearing overnight. Madison may see hazy conditions this afternoon.

What's Open:

  • All entrances to Yellowstone are open.
  • Park visitor facilities, including park concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities remain open.
  • The Bakers Hole area of the Madison River is open.

What's Closed:

  • The Slough Creek area, including the day use and campground are closed due to the Buffalo Fire.
  • The Mary Mountain Trail is closed due to the Central Fire.
Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect. Visit our Current Fire Activity page for more information on fire restrictions and backcountry campsite and trail closures.


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  1. September 08, 2016 at 09:49
     

    Our first visit to Yellowstone was August 21 thru August 25, 2016. We stayed at Baker Hole campground and thought it was beautiful... just what we were looking for and very affordable! Smoke was heavy at times due to the fires, but didn't present a problem. The camp hosts were wonderful, very professional and helpful. Couldn't ask for more. Yellowstone park was amazing with beautiful scenery and tons of wildlife. Once on a lifetime trip! Hope to come back someday!!!

     
  2. September 08, 2016 at 09:49
     

    Our first visit to Yellowstone was August 21 thru August 25, 2016. We stayed at Baker Hole campground and thought it was beautiful... just what we were looking for and very affordable! Smoke was heavy at times due to the fires, but didn't present a problem. The camp hosts were wonderful, very professional and helpful. Couldn't ask for more. Yellowstone park was amazing with beautiful scenery and tons of wildlife. Once on a lifetime trip! Hope to come back someday!!!

     
 
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