August 21, 2013 - 12:00 p.m.
Overview: A National Incident Management Organization team headed by Incident Commander Bill Hahnenberg will take over management of all five active fires in Yellowstone National Park on Thursday morning, August 22. Approximately 150 fire personnel are assigned.
Alum Fire: The Alum Fire moved a little closer to the Grand Loop Road south of Mud Volcano on Tuesday afternoon, prompting a temporary road closure which was lifted Wednesday morning. Due to ongoing fire growth and better mapping, the fire perimeter is now estimated to cover 7,500 acres. When actively burning, the Alum Fire can produce a tall smoke column visible for several miles. There is an ongoing potential for the temporary closure of the road linking Fishing Bridge Junction and Canyon Village. 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.
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 areas 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 grew another 500 acres during Tuesday afternoon and evening. It is now estimated to cover 3,500 acres. This fire is on a peninsula at the south end of the Yellowstone 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 high above the Northeast Entrance road on Druid Peak can produce a smoke column visible when actively burning in the afternoon and early evening. The fire remains situated on the north side of the peak. Estimated at 150 acres, it was started by lightning and was discovered on Friday, August 9.
Other Fires: The Passage Fire was discovered August 15 at the south end of Yellowstone Lake. This lightning caused fire remains quiet and is just an acre in size. Tuesday was another quiet day on the 200 acre Snake Fire, which is located three miles east of the South Entrance along the boundary with the Bridger-Teton National Forest. At times some of the park fires are visible on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cams http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm.
Weather: The forecast for Wednesday calls for slightly cooler temperatures and a chance of isolated showers or thunderstorms. There is an increasing chance of thunderstorms on Thursday, which could bring some measurable rain, but also the possibility of gusty winds and lightning.
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 on the web at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/5382. You can also follow us on Twitter @YellowstoneNPS. The next fire update will be prepared and distributed by Noon Thursday, August 22.