The Doane Fire was discovered just before noon on Sunday, July 11. The fire is east of Yellowstone Lake, and several miles south of the East Entrance road. It was named for nearby Doane Mountain.
The fire is a quarter-acre in size, and burning in an island of unburned trees left when the Columbine Fire burned through the same area in 2007. Smoke from the fire was visible Sunday afternoon from along the shore of Yellowstone Lake.
No roads, campgrounds, or trails are closed because of this fire. It poses no threat to visitors.
Most fires occurring in these areas are caused by lightning. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area’s natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources.
The fire danger in Yellowstone National Park is Low. The National Weather Service forecast for the next several days is calling for sunny skies and breezy conditions, with daytime highs in the 60s and overnight lows in the 30s.
This is the third fire of the season; the other two were similarly small.
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
(Article corrected 7/12 to reflect more accurate information.)