(Riverton, Wyo.) – Today’s fire update from the Shoshone and Bridger-Teton national forests and Yellowstone National Park. None of the fires are threatening visitor services or travel routes.
Hardluck Fire, Washakie Wilderness, Shoshone National Forest: An infrared flight Monday night measured the fire growth at 3,908 acres over the last two days to a total of 23,861 acres. According to Shoshone National Forest fire managers, there was minimal advancement north in the South Fork River corridor since Sunday after a 3.5 mile run on Saturday. The largest amount of growth was in the East Fork Creek drainage, burning north from Hidden Basin.
The fire is burning some 30 miles northwest of Dubois and 50 miles southwest of Cody.
Today’s strategy is to have the Wyoming Hotshots hike into the Aspen Creek area to prepare an indirect fireline in case the fire continues burning north towards the South Fork Road corridor. Reconnaissance flights and monitoring continue.
The lightning-caused Lost Lake Fire is burning 40 miles northwest of Cody and has grown to 50 acres since being discovered on Friday. Rugged terrain and concern for firefighter safety have limited firefighting operations to aerial resources and indirect tactics. Helicopter water drops will continue in the fire area, weather and visibility permitting.
The Blacktooth Fire Crew will be completing chainsaw work in heavy downed timber and fuels. The Roosevelt Hot Shots will be working to clear brush and dead trees along Forest Service roads near Lily Lake and Gilbert Creek.
There are 42 personnel assigned to the fire.
Closure Order 2013-003 is in effect for all roads and trails in the Restricted Area from the intersection of Gilbert Creek with the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness boundary on the Shoshone National Forest, north around the west side of Reno Lake to Copeland Lake on the Gallatin National Forest, then east to the western side of Granite Lake, then south back into Wyoming and the Shoshone National Forest southwest following the Rapids to the Wilderness boundary, and back north along the Wilderness boundary to the intersection of Gilbert Creek.
Yellowstone National Park
Alum Fire: The Alum Fire burned less actively Monday compared to the weekend. Absent was the towering afternoon smoke column which developed both Saturday and Sunday. It grew by about 500 acres and the fire perimeter is now estimated to cover 4,500 acres. The fire perimeter remains within a mile of the Grand Loop Road south of Mud Volcano and there is the potential for temporary closures of the road between Canyon Village and Fishing Bridge Junction. The latest road status information is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.
Mud Volcano, LeHardy Rapids, and several picnic areas and pullouts, as well as some backcountry trails in the area are temporarily closed.
More firefighting personnel and equipment are arriving daily, with an estimated 150 fire personnel expected to be on hand in Yellowstone by Tuesday evening. Multiple structural and wildland fire engines and portable pumps and hoses are now located in the Lake, Fishing Bridge, and Bridge Bay area.
Fire mangers continue focus on protection of the road corridor, the boardwalk in Mud Volcano, and on structure protection efforts in Fishing Bridge, Lake Village, and Bridge Bay.
While area evacuations are not imminent, preparations are underway to assist residents and visitors in leaving the Fishing Bridge, Lake Village, and Bridge Bay area in the event that an evacuation is necessary in the coming days.
This lightning caused fire was discovered in the backcountry west of Mud Volcano on Wednesday, August 14. (The fire name is pronounced AL-umm, not ah-LUM).
Alder Fire: The Alder Fire burned actively Monday afternoon, moving northward all the way to the north and west shoreline of Yellowstone Lake. It is now estimated to cover 3,000 acres. This fire is on a peninsula at the south end of the lake and is therefore hemmed in by water on three sides and by a recently burned area to the south. All backcountry campsites on The Promontory have been temporarily closed. This lightning caused fire was discovered on August 14.
Druid Fire: This fire grew to the west on Monday, but remains high above the Northeast Entrance road on Druid Peak. It is now estimated at 100 acres and is situated on the north side of the peak. This fire was started by lightning and was discovered on Friday, August 9.
Other Fires: The Passage Fire was discovered Thursday at the south end of Yellowstone Lake. This lightning caused fire remains quiet and is just half an acre in size. A little smoke was again seen on the Snake Fire, located three miles east of the South Entrance along the boundary with the Bridger-Teton National Forest. It remains estimated at 200 acres. At times some of the park fires are visible on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cams http://www.nps.gov/yell/
Weather: Some clouds, slightly cooler temperatures and slightly higher afternoon relative humidity are forecast for Yellowstone for Tuesday. There is a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms, mainly to the south and east of the park, which could bring some gusty winds over the fires.
Impacts to visitors and area residents: All roads leading into and through the park and the surrounding forest and all campgrounds, lodging, stores, and visitor services are open. Updated park road information is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.
Information and updates are available on the Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/