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Remote wildfire spotted on eastern boundary of Yellowstone National Park

flames from a small wildfire in mountainous terrain
Pollux Fire, looking northwest. Taken on August 4, 2019.

Beau Kidd, Shoshone National Forest

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News Release Date: August 6, 2019

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

  • On the evening of August 3, Yellowstone’s Mount Washburn fire lookout detected a wildfire near the eastern boundary of the park likely caused by lightning. That area has received substantial lightning over the past two weeks. 
  • While performing an aerial reconnaissance on the morning of August 4, Shoshone National Forest fire staff located the fire in the vicinity of Pollux Peak.
  • Mapped at 29 acres, the remote fire does not pose an immediate threat to established trails, backcountry campsites, or patrol cabins. 
  • Fire managers intend to monitor the Pollux Fire. 
  • They also will prepare long-term management plans that address firefighter and public safety, protection of structures (a patrol cabin is located about 4 miles northeast of the fire) and natural and cultural resources. 
  • Smoke from this wildfire may be visible in the areas of Sunlight Basin, Wyoming, and Crandall, Wyoming. 
  • The Greater Yellowstone area is a fire-adapted ecosystem. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of this area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation. 
  • Pollux Fire photos are available on Flickr.
  • The park will provide Pollux Fire information as activity warrants. 
  • Stay informed about current fire activity in Yellowstone.



Last updated: August 6, 2019

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