Last updated: August 21, 2016
The Maple fire, currently 16,215 acres, grew an additional1,452 acres yesterday. All edges of the fire saw fire growth on Saturday;with the western edge producing new growth and some isolated torching that could be seen during the day and evening from West Yellowstone. The fire remains4.2 miles from the West Yellowstone Entrance Station. The Maple fire has not crossed the West Entrance road, and as it backs down the slope near 7-mile bridge, firefighters do not anticipate it crossing the road. Contingency plans have been developed, should the fire move westward towards West Yellowstone, and firefighters plan on holding it to the east of the Madison River.
The entire area is under a Red Flag warning for this afternoon and evening with strong, gusty SW winds today,coupled with lower humidity and warmer temperatures will likely increase fire activity and behavior, especially on the east and northeast edges of the Maple fire. The Buffalo and Fawn fires will show increased smoke and fire activity.
The West Entrance road remains open. Should smoke or fire activity increase;pilot cars may be implemented to safely escort vehicles through the area.
The National Park Service will hold a community meeting to discuss the Maple fire and the Tatanka Complex of fires burning within Yellowstone National Park. It will be held on Monday, August 22, from 6-7 pm at the Union Pacific Dining Hall, in West Yellowstone.
The Boundary fire, 192 acres, is 75 percent contained.Firefighters have established mop-up operations securing the fire's edge and are working deeper into the interior of the fire removing hazard trees as appropriate and safe to do so. Patrols will continue on any remaining unburned islands of fuel that have potential to flare back up.
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.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place within Yellowstone National Park. Information about these restrictions can be found on our Current Fire Activity page.