Saturday, August 31, 2013

8/31/13, 8:30 pm: Alum Fire Smokes

 Visitors travel south from Canyon to Fishing Bridge on the Grand Loop saw numerous smokes from the Alum Fire today.  After five days of moist weather and rainfall, the sky finally cleared and fuels started drying out and the fire became more active.  Most burning was in dead and downed timber but occasionally a tree would torch sending up a column of black smoke.   Sunday's weather forecast calls for low humidity and temperature in the mid-70s which may lead to even more active fire and visible smokes.  Smoke may impact the Grand Loop Road near the fire so drivers are asked to use extra caution.

Fire Information Officers will be at Mud Volcano to answer visitor's questions and talk about the important role fire plays in Yellowstone's ecosystem.

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