Last updated: August 22, 2016
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 tonight, Monday, August 22, from 6-7 pm at the Union Pacific Dining Hall, in West Yellowstone.
The Maple fire, currently 22,448 acres, grew an additional 6,233 acres yesterday.An infrared mapping flight was conducted last night and the majority of the new growth was on the northern flanks of the fire.The western edge of the fire showed slight growth, mostly due to the fire backing into the wind.
The Maple fire remains 4 miles from the West Yellowstone Entrance Station, and 2.8 miles from Madison Junction.It continues to back down the slope near the 7-mile bridge and is one-tenth of a mile from the roadway.It has not crossed the West Entrance road, and 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 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 Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area beginning at noon today.Strong, gusty SW winds (25-30 mph) are anticipated, coupled with lower humidity (8-13%) and warmer temperatures (79-84) will likely increase fire activity and behavior, especially on the east and northeast edges of the Maple fire.The same weather will influence the Buffalo and Fawn fires, and both will show increased smoke and fire activity.
Yesterday the Buffalo fire showed increased fire activity early in the day, until smoke from the Maple fire shaded it, slowing down fire growth.The Fawn fire continues to show growth as fuels dry out.
The Boundary fire, 192 acres, is 75 percent contained. Firefighters continue 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.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place within Yellowstone National Park. Information about these restrictions can be found on our Current Fire Activity page.