We have some updates regarding the closure of Yellowstone’s South Entrance yesterday.
We previously reported the South Entrance had been suddenly closed due to activity from the Berry Fire in Grand Teton National Park, which had previously closed the Entrance in late August. Currently, the road is closed between Yellowstone’s South Entrance and the Lizard Creek Campground in Grand Teton.
We also reported all southbound traffic was being stopped at Grant Village. According to a Yellowstone press release, only people heading to Lewis Lake campground or backcountry trailheads along the road will be allowed to pass.
In addition, staff have been evacuated from both the South Entrance and Grand Teton’s Flagg Ranch.
According to Inciweb, Berry Fire has grown to 16,800 acres. Yellowstone has dispatched three engines and several rangers to the Berry Fire. In addition, crews from the Maple Fire sent an engine and a hotshot crew to aid with structure protection.
It is not known when the road will be reopened. Last time the Berry Fire closed Yellowstone’s South Entrance, it took a little over a week for crews to create suitably safe conditions for travel.
According to the forecast, cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and a chance of precipitation is predicted for the Yellowstone area—adverse fire conditions.