Fire in Yellowstone National Park burns over 900 acres
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -
UPDATE: August 8, 2016 5:42pm mst
Due to the fire activity, the following closures are in place,
WB1, WB3, WB4 and WB6
Bighorn Pass trail eastbound at the junction of the cut-off trail to the Fawn Pass Trail.
Bighorn Pass trail westbound at Bighorn Pass.
Fawn Pass trail eastbound at the junction of the cut-off trail to the Big Horn Pass Trail.
Fawn Pass trail westbound at campsite 1F1.
The cut-off trail between Bighorn and Fawn Pass trails is open.
The Fawn Fire, which was started by a lightning strike grew significantly Saturday evening, as of Sunday night the estimates are that 915 acres are burning. The fire location is in the north western section of the park and is visible from Mammoth Hot Springs, Gardiner, West Yellowstone, and along route 191. However, park managers are ensuring everyone that the smoke does not pose a threat.
To keep firefighters and visitors safe, there have been some closures to campsites, along with the Big Horn Pass Trail, and the Fawn Pass Trail.
Fire managers will be monitoring the blaze to prepare a long term plan that addresses both safety of fire fighters and the public. The Park Service also wants to remind everyone that the Greater Yellowstone area is a fire adapted ecosystem, and that fires play a role in maintaining healthy wildlife habitats.