Update on Yellowstone’s Antelope fire, Sept. 5

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Antelope fire as seen from the Mt. Washburn web cam at 4:32 p.m., October 4. NPS photo.

The Antelope fire in the northwest section of Yellowstone National Park has not been very active for the last couple of days, but we liked the photo above, so you’re getting an update. This is from the National Park Service at about 12:30 on Tuesday:

Current Size: Approximately 5,510 acres – 20 percent contained. It is the largest of the 11 fires that have occurred in Yellowstone this year.

Monday’s Activities: Limited fire activity was seen yesterday due to higher humidity and a trace of moisture. South winds kicked up slight activity on the southeast portion of the fire. The increase in acreage is a reflection of the fire activity from October 2nd, and more accurate mapping that occurred on October 3rd.

Tuesday’s Strategies: One engine and seven additional firefighters are assigned to the Antelope Fire today. They will be monitoring the fire activity. One helicopter is available in Mammoth, if needed.

All park entrances and road remain open. The fire can be seen from the Mt. Washburn web cam.

Another fire in the park, the Arthur 2 fire first reported on August 18, had been quiet until a few days ago when dry and warm weather caused it to flare up again. It is burning within the perimeter of the 2001 Arthur fire and has spread over 200 acres so far. Here is a photo of moose visiting the fire’s helispot.

Arthur 2 fire helispot moose
NPS photo from InciWeb

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.