Posted: Aug 20, 2013 3:45 PM by KBZK News
Currently, there are 5 active fires inside Yellowstone National Park, but one has officials concerned the most and that's the Alum Fire.
Although this fire has burned less actively on Monday than it did over the weekend, it grew by about 500 acres to be an estimated 4,500 acres.
Officials' concern stems not from its size, but it has more to do with where it is - just north of the Fishing Bridge area, and if the fire makes a run, it could potentially cause evacuations.
This lightning caused fire was discovered in the back-country west of Mud Volcano on Wednesday, August 14th.
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.
Mud Volcano, LeHardy Rapids, and several picnic areas and pull-outs, as well as some back-country 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.
Fire managers continue to 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.
Dan Hottle, an official with the park, said, "The potential is significant enough that we've started
our ramp up with pre-evacuation procedures if we need to go that route. If we do, we need a significant fire weather event to push the fire south into
"And we're probably talking 3 or 4 days maybe more maybe less. We've see a lot of fire activity in the ecosystem so we know this time of year they have the potential to grow very big very fast," he said.
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 back-country campsites on The Promontory have been temporarily closed. This lightning caused fire was discovered on August 14th.
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 9th.
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.
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.
Additional information: Maps, photos, and update information can be found here.