Last updated: September 5, 2016
Cooler temperatures and light precipitation slowed fire growth yesterday. Similar conditions are predicted for today, with the chance of precipitation diminishing by afternoon. Drier weather later in the week will bring the potential for fires to become more active as hot spots reemerge.
Over 200 lightning strikes occurred in the eastern part of the park yesterday, resulting in at least two new fire starts. The Petrified Fire was near the Petrified Tree west of Tower Junction in a suppression zone. Firefighters extinguished the singletree fire with the help of helicopter water drops. Firefighters are monitoring the one-tenth acre Jasper Fire east of Tower Junction near Specimen Ridge.
- All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are open.
- Park visitor facilities, concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities remain open.
- The Bakers Hole area of the Madison River is open.
- Roadside pullouts between the West Entrance and Madison Junction are open.
- The Slough Creek Campground and surrounding area are closed due to the Buffalo Fire.
- The Mary Mountain Trail is closed due to the Central Fire.
Maple Fire: 40,443 acres (an increase of 428 acres since yesterday)
Location: approx. 3.36 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
Fire managers continue to work to keep the fire north of the West Entrance Road. Fuel reduction at Madison Junction has been completed and structural protection with sprinkler systems will continue to be staffed. Fire crews have established control lines from the Transfer Station, north to Gneiss Creek to the ridge top south of Campanula Creek.
On the west side of the Maple Fire today, crews will scout areas for burnout opportunities to increase the secure buffer between the fire and the West Entrance Road. Fuel reduction work south of the West Entrance is nearing completion with the goal of decreasing the risk of wildfire spread into West Yellowstone and the park administrative site.
A community meeting for the Maple Fire will be held at the LDS church, 245 Faithful Street, West Yellowstone, MT at 7:30 pm tonight.
The rains are keeping smoke out of the air today, although large fuels will continue to smolder until a season-ending weather event occurs. Smoke from the Maple Fire is likely to drift into Duck Creek and West Yellowstone areas overnight and into tomorrow morning. Concentrations of smoke may cause air quality to range between MODERATE and UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS in these areas.
Buffalo Fire: 10,787 acres (approximately 1050 acre increase since yesterday, reflecting more accurate mapping)
Location: approximately 3 mi NE of Tower Junction and 1.4 mi S of the park boundary
The Buffalo Fire is primarily growing in a northeast direction along Anderson Ridge. The east side of the Buffalo Fire can be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout –Northeast Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.
Yesterday, the east side of the Buffalo Fire burned actively in the morning before light rains checked additional growth.
Fawn Fire: 2,684 (no increase since yesterday)
Location: W of Fawn Pass, approximately 8 mi W of Mammoth Hot Springs, 18.5 mi NE of West Yellowstone, 4.5 mi SW of Park Boundary, and 27 mi SE of Big Sky
The Fawn Fire will be unstaffed for the immediate future. Preparations for structural protection remain in place. The fire will continue to be monitored by air.
Central Fire: 1,350 acres (no increase since yesterday)
Location: a remote area approximately 8.5 mi W of Lake developed area and 2.5 mi S of Hayden Valley
The Central Fire remains unstaffed. It will continue to be monitored by air. The fire continues to creep to the west and north into heavier timber. The Central Fire can be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout –South Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.