Fawn Fire Burning On 500 Acres In Northwest Yellowstone

Fawn Fire is now burning on an estimated 500 acres, with smoke visible in Mammoth Hot Springs, Gardiner, and around West Yellowstone, Montana.

We previously reported Fawn Fire had been discovered Wednesday night by an outfitter. It is burning around Fawn Pass, near a popular route for hikers. At the time, it was burning on only one acre. You can see a photo of the fire from the evening of August 5, 2016 below.

fawn fire evening august 5 2016

According to a Yellowstone press release, Saturday afternoon, owing to hot and dry weather, Fawn Fire grew quickly and excitedly to its current span.

Crews are on the scene monitoring the fire, including several firefighters stationed at the Fawn Pass cabin.

As of writing, the fire poses no danger to visitors. All Park roads are still open. Smoke, however, will be omnipresent on the horizon for the next few days.

While it poses no danger to visitor hubs, Fawn Fire has prompted several campsite and trail closures, according to a Park press release:


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• Bighorn Pass trail eastbound at the junction of the cut-off trail to the Fawn Pass Trail.

• Bighorn Pass trail westbound at Bighorn Pass.

• Fawn Pass trail eastbound at the junction of the cut-off trail to the Big Horn Pass Trail.

• Fawn Pass trail westbound at campsite 1F1.

Currently, the cut-off trail between Bighorn and Fawn Pass trails is open. Stay tuned for additional information about the Fawn Fire.

About Sean Reichard

Sean Reichard is the editor of Yellowstone Insider and author of Yellowstone Insider For Families 2017.

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