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Yellowstone National Park
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Daily Fire Update - Saturday, August 29, 2020 10:00 am

Lone Star Fire Wildfire
News – 8/29/2020

 Acres: 850   
 Total Personnel: 42
 Cause: Lightning

The Lone Star Fire continues to hold heat but did not increase in acreage yesterday. The fire remains at 850 acres. A helicopter flight on Friday confirmed the most active portions of the fire are the southeastern flank and spot fires to the east and northeast. These areas will be monitored in upcoming flights. Closures remain in effect for nearby backcountry trails and campsites.

Firefighters continue fuel reduction work in developed areas along the Grand Loop Road from Old Faithful to West Thumb Junction. Yesterday, an engine crew removed trees close to the Old Faithful cell tower. Another crew worked at the water treatment plant, cutting and chipping trees in order to create a larger buffer around the structures. Today, some hazard trees near the road between Old Faithful and West Thumb Junction may be cut, causing short traffic delays.

The forecast calls for above average temperatures today. The warm temperatures and wind could lead to increased fire activity, making smoke visible this afternoon. A cold front is expected to pass through the area beginning Sunday morning. Weather will be increasingly unsettled in the coming week, with cold fronts alternating with periods of warmer and drier weather. The incident management team will adapt plans based on the variable weather and will monitor any resulting effects on the fire.

What’s Open:

  • The Grand Loop Road between Old Faithful and West Thumb Junction is open but may close at any time if fire activity increases.
  • All entrances to Yellowstone are open. For up-to-date road information see the Current Conditions webpage, call (307) 344-2117 for a recorded message, or sign up to receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting "82190" to 888-777.

What’s Closed:

  • Many of the trails and campsites around Shoshone Lake and Lone Star Geyser are closed. Hikers are encouraged to talk to park staff for alternate hiking and backpacking opportunities or visit the park'sBackcountry Situation Report.
  • Trailheads and picnic areas on the Grand Loop Road between Old Faithful and West Thumb Junction remain closed to the public. A Lone Star Fire Campsite and Trailhead Closure map is available.

Fire activity in the western United States has created smoky conditions throughout the region. The nation is currently in Preparedness Level 5 (PL5). This represents the highest level of fire activity and demand for resources. All residents and visitors can assist fire efforts by following fire restrictions to reduce the potential of additional starts. Fire danger in the Yellowstone area remains very high; campfires in the backcountry are not allowed. Read more about backcountry fire restrictions in theBackcountry Situation Report.

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