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Yellowstone National Park
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Daily Fire Update - Monday, August 31, 2020 9:00 am

Lone Star Fire Wildfire
News – 8/31/2020

Acres: 960
Total Personnel: 49  
Cause: Lightning

A cold front moved into the area overnight and is expected to bring rain showers lasting through much of the day. Snow flurries are also possible throughout the morning. The sharp change in weather is likely to decrease fire behavior today. However, the warming and drying trend predicted for the remainder of the week may cause smoldering areas to respond and pick up again in activity.

Firefighters saw some single tree torching yesterday, noting the northwest flank of the fire was the most active. Scattered areas along the perimeter appeared to be holding heat. 

Crews continued protecting key infrastructure around Old Faithful on Sunday. After concentrating efforts near the cell tower and water treatment facility this past week, they spent yesterday working on a fuels reduction project around cabins behind the Snow Lodge at Old Faithful. Depending on the weather, fire personnel will finish chipping debris around the cabins again today and use hand tools around an aboveground power line and substation to thin vegetation as protection against future fire encroachment. Today’s operations and schedule will take into consideration the safety of firefighters working in wet, cold conditions.

What’s Open:

  • The Grand Loop Road and day use areas between Old Faithful and West Thumb Junction are 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:

  • Trailheads on the Grand Loop Road between Old Faithful and West Thumb Junction remain closed to the public. This includes Howard Eaton, Lone Star, Divide, and DeLacy Creek trails. ALone Star Fire Campsite and Trailhead Closure mapis available. Visitors are asked to respect all area closure signs even when there is no apparent imminent threat from the fire.
  • Many of the campsites around Shoshone Lake and Lone Star Geyser are closed. Hikers and backpackers are encouraged to talk to park staff for alternate opportunities or visit the park'sBackcountry Situation Report.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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