Friday, September 6, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
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.
Visitors should have mostly good weather for visiting Yellowstone National Park’s vistas and viewing the abundant wildlife into the weekend. 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/ Incident are maintaining the closure of the west-side highway pullouts designated by orange cones between Nez Perz Ford and LeHardy’s Rapids.
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.
Additional information can be found on the web at:
www.druidcomplex.blogspot.com - for updates as they become available
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