Bad weather is good news, as heavy rain and thunderstorms halt the Lone Star Fire spread, and the Grand Loop Road between the developed Old Faithful area and West Thumb Junction is reopened.
The Lone Star Fire is still estimated to be 820 acres in size, but the rains stopped its growth. Though initially located near the Old Faithful area, the Lone Star Fire spread away from that developed area. Still,
Fire personnel continue to develop and implement a structure protection plan for the Old Faithful developed area, including communications and other utility infrastructure, visitor lodging and services, employee housing, and administrative buildings. The photo at the top of this page shows the sprinkler system being tested at Old Faithful Inn. In addition, crews thinned vegetation around a microwave tower and outbuildings as well as a water treatment facility on Wednesday. A chipper will follow up in those areas, further reducing the size and subsequent flammability of the vegetation.
Tuesday night’s infrared flight noted a large spot fire to the south of the main fire. That spot fire was later estimated to be three acres in size and was burning into the main body of the fire yesterday.
Additional closures include Lone Star Geyser Trail and:
- The following trailheads are closed due to the Lone Star Fire: Lone Star, Howard Eaton, DeLacy Creek.
- The following trails are closed due to the Lone Star Fire: Howard Eaton, Lone Star, Bechler River Trail north of campsite 9D4, North Shore Shoshone Lake Trail, DeLacy Creek Trail, Shoshone Lake Trail north of campsite 8T1 (no travel through the Shoshone Lake Geyser Basin), East Shore Shoshone Lake Trail (north of campsite 8S1).
- The following campsites are closed due to the Lone Star Fire: OA1, OA2, OA3, 8G1, 8R1, 8R2, 8R3, 8R4, 8R5, 8S2, 8S3, 8S4, 8S5.
Photo of the Old Faithful Inn’s sprinkler system by Lori Iverson, Lone Star Fire Information.