The Bacon Rind Fire on Yellowstone National Park’s western boundary has expanded to 1,838 acres — but most of that growth has been to the south and not impacting Park operations.
An expansion of 500 acres over a few days would normally be of concern, but the growth has been to the south of the existing burn. There is the potential for intermittent closures and the use of pilot cars on Hwy. 191 in Yellowstone National Park, with heavy smoke causing delays. (You can see how close t0 Hwy. 191 the Bacon Rind Fire has expanded into Yellowstone via the photo at the top of this page.)
Besides the potential impacts on Hwy. 191, there are also other closures within Yellowstone National Park. The Bacon Rind Trail both within Yellowstone and the Gallatin National Forest is closed. But that’s just the start. For instance, Fawn Pass Trail is closed from the west boundary of the Gallatin BMA to Fawn Pass Trailhead (WK5) at Hwy. 191 due to the Bacon Rind Fire. Also, access to the Gallatin River along Highway 191 is restricted from the Fawn Pass Trail trailhead north to Milepost 27. There are also other trail closures in the area; check the Backcountry Page for a complete list.
Meanwhile, considering the hot and dry conditions experienced in Yellowstone this month, there is minimal fire activity aside from the Bacon Rind Fire. The Basin Creek Fire, first detected on August 10 and caused by lightening in a forested area 5 miles south of Heart Lake, has expanded to up to five acres, but is not impacting Park operations.
Image of Bacon Rind Fire courtesy InciWeb.
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