The Slough Creek Fire was reported about 4 p.m. Tuesday. It is located east of the Slough Creek Campground near the Slough Creek Trail and well north of the road linking Tower Junction and the park’s Northeast Entrance.
The fire was reported at one acre in size, and burning in sage and brush.
Two of the helicopters which were dumping buckets of water on the Beach Fire were temporarily reassigned to the new fire start.
The Chief Mountain Hotshots who had just arrived at park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs en route to an assignment to the Beach Fire were also reassigned to the Slough Creek Fire. This 20-person “Type 1” hand crew is expected to remain at the scene of the fire overnight.
The Slough Creek Campground has 28 campsites, and is a favorite spot for anglers.
No roads, campgrounds, or other facilities are closed. This fire poses no threat to park visitors.
The cause of the fire had not yet been determined. This is the fifth fire in Yellowstone National park this year.