September 15, 2015:

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK:

The lightning-caused Spruce Fire, burning in the backcountry of Yellowstone National, received significant rain overnight on Monday. The fire had grown to an estimated 2,594 acres as of noon on Monday, before storms moved into the area, dropping approximately .5 inches by Tuesday morning. Weather forecasts call for continued damp weather throughout the next few days. Fire activity has greatly diminished, but the fire is still burning in some areas. Crews will continue to monitor the fire while it plays its natural role in the ecosystem. Smoke from the fire may continue to be visible throughout the park and in surrounding communities; however, no facilities, trails, or roads are threatened and there are no closures in place.

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.

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.

 

September 14, 2015:

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK:

The Spruce Fire burning in Yellowstone National Park has grown to an estimated 2,119 acres as of 1:30 pm on Sunday. Crews are actively monitoring the fire by air and from lookout points on Mount Washburn and other locations throughout the park. The Spruce Fire is burning in a fire-adapted lodgepole pine forest, approximately ten miles west of Fishing Bridge and two miles south of Hayden Valley in the central portion of Yellowstone. Smoke from the fire has been visible throughout the park and in surrounding communities; however, no facilities, trails, or roads are threatened and there are no closures in place.

The fire continues to play its natural role in the ecosystem and crews are managing it for its benefits to park resources.

You may read the original press release about the fire at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4606/29771/

A much smaller fire, the 5L4 Fire on the Promontory Peninsula at the south end of Yellowstone Lake, was reported on August 24, is currently 16 acres and not very active. 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 fire danger in Yellowstone National Park is currently "High." There are no fire restrictions in place, however, campfires are only allowed in designated grills in park campgrounds, some picnic areas, and specific backcountry campsites.

A change in the weather forecast this week calls for cloudier, cooler, and wetter conditions.  

WEST YELLOWSTONE AREA

Idaho Partridge Fire: A fire of approximately 543 acres is burning in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The fire is located approximately 9 miles East-Southeast of Osborn Bridge on US 20 near the Warm River Road.  Some Forest Service roads in the area are under temporary closures.  Currently there are two crews with one helicopter and seven engines on the fire.  This may be the fire that has brought the smell of smoke into West Yellowstone yesterday evening and today.  

Air quality is still being reported as good within the Park and surrounding area.  You may check that out if you would care to at AirNow.gov