Last updated: August 19, 2016
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.
The Boundary fire, 192 acres, is located approximately 4miles north of West Yellowstone and is 1⁄4 mile inside the park boundary. On Thursday a hose lay was completed and water was brought to the fireline aiding in extinguishing embers along the fire's edge. Today crews will continue to secure the fire's perimeter and move towards the interior,mopping up and extinguishing any hot spots, stumps or heavy burning logs. Crews continue to take note of fire activity observed on the Maple Fire and any affect it may have on the Boundary Fire activity as mop-up continues.
Firefighters will continue with proactive Firewise assessments of structures in the Madison and Tower areas of the park. Implementation of these plans will occur over the next several days.
The Maple fire, currently 13,995 acres has had new growth on its southern flank the past few days. It is currently within 3⁄4 mile from the West Entrance road. With the new growth and anticipated north winds today, the fire has the potential to produce smoke that could impact the roadway.Drivers are encouraged to use caution, slow down and use headlights if smoke impacts roadways.
Currently 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.
Fires play a natural role in the ecosystem and crews are managing them for their benefits to the park. The decision on managing each fire in the park is based on a number of factors including, current and predicted conditions, as well as potential values at risk.