A wildfire has been reported in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park.
According to a Yellowstone press release, the Fawn Fire was first reported Wednesday night, August 4, by an outfitter. It’s located in the Fawn Pass area, west of Mammoth Hot Springs.
Currently, the Fawn Fire is one acre, burning through ground vegetation in an Engelmann spruce forest. Park officials believe it was caused by lightning.
Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk has approved a provisional plan to monitor the Fawn Fire and provide “structure protection” where needed.
Three fire monitors have been posted to keep track of the fire and impinging weather conditions. Additional personnel will travel to a cabin in the Fawn Pass area to assess any risks and evaluate how to protect the cabin in the event that it reaches them.
Crews plan to set up a fire monitoring camera in the area to survey the scene and assess whether helicopter crews will be needed.
As of writing, there are no specific closures announced; we will update our story accordingly with new information.