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Maple Fire

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Yellowstone National Park
National Park Service

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The Maple fire was detected Monday evening, August 8 by a smoke-jumper aircraft passing over the park. It is located in a large expanse of the 1988 North Fork fire scar, 1 mile east of the Gneiss Creek trail, 3 miles north of the Cougar Creek cabin, 6 miles east of the Park's west boundary, and 8 miles northeast of the community of West Yellowstone.

This fire is being managed under a monitoring and point-protection strategy. It will provide fire managers a unique opportunity to study current fire behavior in the 1988 fire scar.It is burning through dead and down trees and in pine regeneration.

All park entrances are open. Park visitor centers and concession-operated services, as well as businesses in surrounding communities remain open.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 08th, 2016 approx. 07:45 PM
LocationFire is 4 miles NNE of the town of West Yellowstone, MT.
Incident CommanderBobby Sutton, Joe Rock (trainee)
Coordinates44.743 latitude, -110.978 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel33
Size45,425 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Short Grass (1 foot)

Fire is located in a 1988 burn scar with moderate to heavy lodgepole regeneration and a large heavy dead and down component.

Significant Events

Minimal, Creeping


Planned Actions

Resources will continue to implement the approved rehab plan in all divisions and monitor the fire perimeter in divisions A and D.

Firefighters assigned to the Maple fire will evaluate values at risk and protect them as needed.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Low overnight temperatures and good humidity recovery will result in minimal fire behavior.

24 hours: It will be cooler with rain and snow which will result in minimal to no fire behavior.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A cold front is expected to move into the area today, bringing rain, snow and potential for thunderstorms. This weather pattern is expected to remain in place for the next 3 operational periods, with potential for substantial precipitation improving on Thursday.

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