The fire danger rating in Yellowstone and the surrounding National Forest is rated Very High and Extreme. Seven wildfires are burning in Yellowstone National Park.
Due to extreme fire conditions, high temperatures, low humidity and forecast high winds, all open burning has been closed in many regional fire districts, including Bozeman City Limits, Big Sky, Belgrade City, Central Valley Fire, Fort Ellis, Gallatin River Ranch, Rae and Sourdough. The open burning closure includes all fires requiring a Gallatin County Burn Permit and open flame campfires. This closure does not include BBQ’s or other approved fire appliances.
In Yellowstone, a series of small lightning caused fires burning in the backcountry areas of the park have varying degrees of behavior and growth potential. These are being managed as part of the Heart Complex, and all but one of these are less than an acre in size, and are being managed to allow natural processes to occur to enhance the area’s natural resources, to protect people and property, and to effectively use available firefighting resources.
Other than limited temporary closures of some backcountry campsites and
hiking trails, all park entrances, roads and services are open. None of
these fires pose a threat to park visitors.The Park is encouraging visitors to be careful with campfires, grills, camp stoves and smoking materials. There have been 15 fires reported in Yellowstone this year.
A list of fires burning in the Park:
Heart Fire. 0.1 acres, burning a half mile north of Heart Lake in the south central portion of the park.
Sour Fire. 0.1 acres, burning east of Canyon Village on the Mirror
Point Fire. 0.1 acres, burning on the eastern shore of Yellowstone Lake.
Huckleberry Fire. 0.1 acres, burning two miles from the southern boundary
of the park.
Gibbon Fire. 14 acres, burning three miles southeast of Madison Junction.
The Prospect Fire was suppressed yesterday using three Yellowstone wildland
firefighters supported by helicopter bucket work because of its proximity
to Tower Fall store and campground. It’s currently in controlled status.
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