Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771
The Bacon Rind Fire is located in Yellowstone National Park (1088 acres) and the Monument Unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness (841 acres). The fire experienced moderate fire behavior yesterday with activity on the south end into the Bacon Rind drainage and the Snowslide drainage on the north end. The fire is located near the west side of Highway 191. There were no traffic delays yesterday. The Highway is open and may have pilot car assistance with short delays through the fire area if needed today or in the future.
The fire and smoke is visible along Highway 191. Please be cautious when driving along the road and be alert for firefighters and vehicles. Stop only in open designated pullouts. There could be times when smoke will reduce visibility along the road, be prepared to reduce speed for driving conditions. The fire is not currently threatening any structures or private property.
Decisions to manage or suppress fires are dependent on numerous factors including risk to firefighting resources, public safety, weather, fire behavior, availability of additional support, risk to valuable resources and private property.
The fire acreage describes the perimeter of the fire, not the total acres burned. Within the perimeter are large stands of trees that have not burned due to high moisture in the grasses and numerous meadows throughout.
Fire has continually shaped the vegetation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and help maintain the natural process in the area. Fires create diverse habitat and recycle nutrients back into the soil. The plant and animal life we see and enjoy is partially the result of fire.
Highway 191 and roads leading into and through the Custer Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park are open. An area closure around the fire area is in effect. Check the attached closures page for more information.
All visitor facilities, services, and businesses in surrounding communities are not impacted by the fire and remain open.