Posted: Aug 22, 2013 5:39 PM by KBZK News
The five active fires currently burning in Yellowstone National Park (the Alum, Alder, Druid, Snake and Passage Fires) are now being managed as the Druid Complex. Resources include helicopters, crews and engines; over 200 personnel are now working on the fires. All of the fires were started by lightning between August 9th and August 14th.
Wednesday's thunderstorms brought cooler temperatures, increased humidity and rain to the fire areas, which moderated fire activity and limited growth of the fires.
However, the fires remain active with heat and smoke in the interior areas, and will likely flare up when temperatures get warmer and drier again. The thunderstorms also brought lightning.
Aerial detection is being used to look for any new fires that may have resulted from strikes in the park. Scattered thunderstorms are forecast again throughout.
Thursday and could bring additional precipitation to the area.
The highest priority in managing these fires is to protect public and firefighter safety. They are being closely monitored to maximize the benefits they provide for the unique ecosystems found in the park.
Many plant species, including Douglas Fir and Lodgepole Pine, which dominate the forests, are dependent on fire. Yellowstone's wild animals have adapted to fire in their habitats as well.
The Alum Fire is currently burning 7,070 acres. The Alder Fire is at 4,240 acres while the Druid Fire is at 150 acres. The Snake and Passage fires are at 200 acres and one acre respectively.
Impacts to visitors and area residents:
All roads leading into and through the park as well as the roads to all campgrounds, lodging, stores and visitor services in the park are open. All visitors are encouraged to check for updates often as road closures may be needed based on the fire's activity. Updated park road information is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.
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