Druid Fire AM Update August 14, 2013
Incident: Druid Fire Wildfire
Yellowstone National Park Fire Update
August 14, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.
Fire Information: Marianne Baumberger 406 579-3732
New Fire Starts Wednesday Morning:
Alder Fire This morning, August 14th around 8:30 a.m. the Alder Fire was detected within the Promontory Peninsula north of Alder Lake located between the south and southeastern arms of the southern portion of Yellowstone Lake. It is less than 1 acre in size and burning in heavy subalpine and lodgepole pine timber.
Alum Fire This morning around 9:30 a.m. the Alum Fire was detected south of the Hayden Valley and south west of Mud Volcano and just east of Alum Creek. It is less than 1 acre and was described as smoldering.
Neither of the new small fires pose a threat or impact to visitors and no roads or trails are closed at this time.
Snake Fire The Snake Fire that was discovered August 5th is located in pockets of heavy timber about three miles east of the South Entrance to Yellowstone. The roughly 200 acre fire has had little activity in the past few days and yesterday crews could see minimal smoke on the fire. They will continue to monitor it for changes in fire activity.
Druid Fire— The Druid Fire was reported the afternoon of August 9th. It is located on a north aspect of Druid Peak in the Lamar Valley north of Soda Butte above the Northeast Entrance Road. It is approximately three acres and is burning in dangerous, steep, heavily timbered terrain. Fire behavior is smoldering as well as torching in isolated trees. Fire managers will monitor this fire and prepare long term management plans that address safety to firefighters and the public, protection of structures, communities, natural and cultural resources.
Resources: One Type 3 helicopter and 20 other personnel
Yesterday’s Activity: Smoke from the fire was visible today from several locations on the Northeast Entrance Road. The fire burned on the ground and occasionally torched trees much like it has in previous days. Later rain showers and higher humidity produced lighter fire behavior. Fire fighters reported that a small amount of rain fall on the fire area yesterday.
Todays Planned Actions: Crews will again be keeping eyes on the fire to watch for any significant changes in its behavior and movement and be on alert for new fire starts created by yesterday’s lightning storms.
Weather: Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected today with temperatures between 70 to 77 degrees and the relative humidity 21-27%. Warmer drier weather is expected to move into the area later today and into tomorrow.
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. The fire does not pose a threat to visitors. At times a smoke column rising above the fire may be visible from various spots along the Northeast Entrance Road.
Public and firefighter safety is always the first concern and priority for managers in Yellowstone Park. The Greater Yellowstone area is a fire-adapted ecosystem were fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of this region’s wildlife habitat and vegetation.
Additional Information: Fire information is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/unit/5382/, or on Twitter @YellowstoneNPS.
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