2016 fire season
Maple Fire September 10, 2016

Fire Activity Stalled In Yellowstone National Park

In spite of warmer weather and higher winds, fire activity in Yellowstone National Park is largely stagnant.

According to a Yellowstone press release, fuels continue to dry, driven by lower humidity and 15-20mph winds. However, large fire growth is not expected.

Air quality around Yellowstone is still good. See the full report here.

We previously reported the Jasper Fire, last measured at 0.1 acres, is completely out.

Two reminders: The Slough Creek road is open for the first half-mile up to the gravel pit for fishing access. Further, while the Mount Holmes, Grizzly Lake, Winter Creek, and Trilobite Lake trails are open, their trailheads are inaccessible due to road construction. For information on how to access each of these trails, please call the Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160.

According to Inciweb, Maple Fire is holding steady at 45,245 acres, as crews continue rehabilitation projects around the burn area. Crews and engines continue to patrol the fire’s perimeter. According to a Yellowstone press release, intermittent smoke and flames may be visible over the next few weeks as fuels continue to dry out.

Buffalo Fire, meanwhile, still measures 12,693 acres in size. Crews are assessing what work needs to be done to minimize hazards along trails and risks posed to area cabins. You can see smoke from the Buffalo Fire through the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – Northeast Webcam.

Fawn Fire still measures 2,706 acres and remains unstaffed. Likewise, Central Fire has shown no growth, holding steady at 1,442 acres. It too remains unstaffed. Both fires are being monitored from the air. Smoke from the Central Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – South Webcam.

All park roads and visitor facilities, both NPS- and concessionaire-operated, not affected by road construction or seasonal closures 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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