Tatanka Complex Update, 8-18-2016

August 18, 2016 Posted by: Yellowstone Fire Information

A new fire, the Grayling 2 fire, was reported Wednesday afternoon by firefighters on Mount Holmes who witnessed a lightning strike in the Grayling Creek area. They observed a single-tree fire start and called for a helicopter that dropped several buckets of water. Today firefighters will hike into ensure that it is out.

The Tatanka (Buffalo) Complex consists of five fires;the Fawn,Maple, Buffalo, Thumb and Grayling 2 fires. The Boundary fire is being managed separately from the complex with a separate Incident Commander and resources. In total, there are six fires burning within Yellowstone National Park.

Today a Fire Behavior Assessment Team (FBAT) will begin installing instruments on the Maple fire. The FBAT is a module with the capability to collect fuels and active fire behavior data on wildland fires. Fire managers and ecologists are interested in learning about fire behavior in areas burned by the '88 Yellowstone fires.

The Boundary fire, 191 acres, is located approximately 4 miles north of West Yellowstone and is 1⁄4 mile inside the park boundary. Firefighters made good progress on the Boundary Fire Wednesday constructing direct saw and hand line around the fire's edge. The Midewin Hotshots arrived aiding to progress in the afternoon and a hose lay and pumps were put in toward the end of the day around the fire. The spot fires found on Tuesday have been lined and completely mopped up.

Fire activity is expected to moderate today as increased cloud cover, higher humidity, and predicted wetting rains will move across the park. Winds will shift today, and will be generally northeast and east. Areas that have not had smoke in the past several days may see an increase. It is possible that smoke may impact driving. Drivers are encouraged to use caution, slowdown and use headlights if smoke impacts roadways.

All roads leading into and through the park are open. All park visitor facilities, including park concession-operated services,and businesses in surrounding communities are not impacted by the fires and remain open. Fire information officers will be staffing information boards around the park and will able to answer questions from visitors.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place within Yellowstone National Park. Information about these restrictions can be found on our Current Fire Activity page.

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Last updated: August 18, 2016

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