A much smaller fire, the 5L4 Fire on the Promontory Peninsula at the south end of Yellowstone Lake, was reported on August 24. It was last estimated to be 16 acres and is still burning, though it has not been very active in the last two weeks. Fire activity picked up slightly on Monday afternoon, as gusty winds ushered in the storms, but that was quickly dampened by the overnight rain. Fire crews are also managing this fire for its benefits to park resources. Backcountry campsites 5L3, 5L4, and 6A1 continue to be closed due to the 5L4 Fire.
The decision on how to manage each fire in the park is based on a number of factors, including current and predicted conditions, as well as potential values at risk. There have been two additional park fires that have been suppressed in the last five days: a human-caused fire in Mammoth Hot Springs on September 10 and a lightning-caused fire near the northwest boundary of the park on September 12.
The fire danger in Yellowstone National Park is currently “High.” There are no fire restrictions in place, however, campfires are allowed only in designated grills in park campgrounds, some picnic areas, and specific backcountry campsites.
For up-to-date information on fires burning across the country, go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov. To learn more about fire management in Yellowstone, visit www.nps.gov/yell/learn/management/firemanagement.htm.