September 20, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.
A continued pattern of mostly sunny skies, seasonal to above normal
afternoon high temperatures, and abnormally dry to moderate drought
conditions keep breathing life into three fires in Central Yellowstone
which were started by lightning several weeks ago. Future fire updates
will be issued when conditions change.
Isolated areas within the 2,800 acre perimeter of the Cygnet Fire are
actively burning, especially during the afternoon and early evening. Those
traveling along the Norris to Canyon road may encounter areas of dense
smoke. While travelers may also observe small pockets of open flame along
either side of the road, the fire poses no danger to those who remain along
the road corridor. Hikers are encouraged to check at park visitor centers
or backcountry offices to see if any temporary trail closures are in effect
for this area. This lightning caused fire 5 miles southwest of Canyon
Village was discovered on August 10.
Windy afternoons can result in this fire producing a column of smoke
visible from Dunraven Pass south to Canyon and into the Hayden Valley. It
is located in the backcountry 9 miles southeast of Canyon Village. Since
it was discovered in late July, the Dewdrop fire has covered about 1,200
acres. Some backcountry closures remain in effect.
The least active and least visible of the park’s three fires, the Range
Fire was discovered in late July about 8.5 miles southwest of Tower Fall.
This lightning-caused backcountry fire has grown little in recent days, and
is estimated at 400 acres.
Other fires and smoke:
Light to moderate smoke covers much of Yellowstone at times. Most of this
smoke is coming from large fires which are burning in Washington, Oregon,
Idaho, and Western Montana.
The current pattern of sunny, mild days, cool nights, and light winds are
forecast through the weekend. The next chance of showers or thunderstorms
is forecast for Monday afternoon.
While the park fire danger level continues to be Extreme, there are no fire
restrictions in the park. Visitors are encouraged to be careful with fire.
Impacts to visitors and area residents:
All roads and entrances to the park remain open. The road between Tower
Junction and Chittenden Road is set to close for the season on Saturday
morning, September 22. Campgrounds, lodging, and other visitor services
are beginning to close for the season.
Fire information is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, on
the web at http://www.inciweb.org/unit/5382/, or on Twitter
- www.nps.gov/yell -