Central Fire Grows To 886 Acres

Central Fire has grown to 886 acres as other fires in Yellowstone post small gains or stay constant.

We previously reported the Central Fire had grown to 86 acres and was edging into territory previously burned by the 2015 Spruce Fire—nine miles west of Lake Village and two miles south of the Hayden Valley. According to Inciweb, Central Fire grew rapidly overnight, with a “100% active” fire perimeter setting off short-range spotting and brief crown fires.

Maple Fire, meanwhile, according to Inciweb, continues to burn on 33.058 acres. At this time, there are 259 personnel on hand combating Maple Fire. As of right now, the Maple Fire is 3.57 miles from West Yellowstone, 1.78 miles from Madison Junction, and 3.57 miles from the Mount Holmes Fire Lookout. It is visible from the West Entrance Road and 7 Mile Bridge, although the road has not been closed at this time. Park Service officials say they will implement traffic control should smoke from the Maple Fire become too thick.

UPDATE: We have new acreages to report for both Central and Maple Fires. Read the full story here.

Maple Fire Smoke Norris Geyser Basin

Several fuel reduction and structure protection projects are underway around Maple Fire. Above, you can see a photo of smoke from the Maple Fire visible from Norris Geyser Basin.

Buffalo Fire, burning five miles northeast of Tower Junction, has grown to 4,008 acres as of 7:50 a.m. MST August 30, 2016. Yesterday, Buffalo’s spread prompted the closure of the Slough Creek Camgrouond on Slough Creek.

Finally, Fawn Fire (burning eleven miles west of Mammoth Hot Spring) has grown to 2,016 acres as of 7:51 a.m. MST August 30, 2016, and continues to move east along “favorable topography.” Area crews expect the fire to grow more over the next several days.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are still in place for Yellowstone National Park. All park roads and visitor facilities, both NPS- and concessionaire-operated, are open at this time.

About Sean Reichard

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

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