A fog veiled morning briefing on the Druid Complex Fires Tuesday in Yellowstone National Park (NPS)
(Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.) – The last several days have brought cool, moist and stable conditions to the Druid Complex in Yellowstone National Park, according to the latest blog update from the park. Most of the 6 widely scattered fires on the complex, all lightning starts, have benefitted from rains in the afternoon and evening periods as well as early morning fog.
Today’s weather forecast calls for a gradual warming trend into the weekend where a moist southwest flow will continue with a lesser chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms. If showers occur, they will likely be very local and brief with either heavy rain or small hail. Winds on the ridges can be expected to gust in the 15 to 25 mph range as these thunderstorms approach.
The National Park Service suggests visitors have mostly good weather for visiting Yellowstone’s vistas and viewing the abundant wildlife into the weekend. They suggest park visitors carry along a light rain jacket for those brief periods of showers, but take caution if lightning becomes active in your area.
The Alum Fire is smoldering in close proximity to the Grand Loop Road corridor between the Mud Volcano site and the Fishing Bridge. For public safety, the Park is maintaining the closure of the west-side highway pullouts designated by orange cones between Nez Perz Ford and LeHardy’s Rapids.
The firefighting force has dropped to 35 as conditions continue to improve.
Fire activity was still light on all fires with visible smoke reported on the Alder, Alum, and Druid fires. The campgrounds on the west-side of Promontory Point have been cleared of charred snags but the general area still has potential fire activity and will remain closed. The campsites (5L8, 5L9) on the northeast portion of Promontory point are being opened.
Fire managers will be taking an aerial reconnaissance flight late this afternoon to observe fire movement in the past few days. Of special concern will be the Druid fire which has visible smoke from the highway but no easy access to actually determine any needs or public safety concerns.
Crews will be removing the portions of the ‘plumbing’ for sprinklers that were installed earlier when the fire was much more active. On-site inspections will be made on the Alum Fire near the Mud Volcano area to determine the exact position of the fire in relation to Highway 89.
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