Yellowstone National Park
National Park Service
WYOMING, WY 82190
Total Personnel: 48
The Grand Loop road between Old Faithful and West Thumb remains open today after being closed yesterday due to dense smoke and a growing fire. The Lone Star Fire remains active today with gusty winds expected to fuel growth.
The fire spread yesterday by torching and limited crowning as it burned to the east and northeast, with a significant column building in the afternoon. It grew to an estimated 1,500 acres, with mapping in-progress to determine current size.
The road may be closed at any time due to smoke and low visibility. Yesterday’s closure resulted in road traffic congestion in and around the Old Faithful area. Travelers to the area may expect smoke from Idaho, California, and the Lone Star Fire to be visible this afternoon.
Cooler and wetter weather is expected on Monday which may decrease fire activity but the fire is expected to continue to burn.
The Wyoming Type 3 team and Yellowstone resource management crews will continue fuels reduction work around key infrastructure in the Old Faithful area, including power lines, historic buildings, and communication equipment. They continue to protect the area in case the Lone Star Fire shifts suddenly or another wildfire threatens it in the future.