8 fires burning in Yellowstone

Point fire, 1419 9-2-2011
Point fire, 1419 9-2-2011
The Point fire, east of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park, as seen from Mt. Washburn, at 2:19 p.m. September 2, 2011

Thunderstorms over the last two months have left eight small wildfires that are still burning in Yellowstone National Park. The largest is the 15-acre Gibbon fire which started on July 12 southeast of Madison. The others, which started between August 25 and 31, range from 0.1 acre to the six-acre Point fire shown in the above screen capture from the live web camera on Mt. Washburn. The eight fires have been grouped into what is now known as the “Heart Complex” of fires.

Only one of the fires within the park is being suppressed, that being the 1/10-acre Specimen Fire, located along the east fork of Specimen Creek approximately a half mile from High Lake and a third of a mile from the boundary of the Gallatin National Forest. Due to its proximity to the forest, Yellowstone and Gallatin wildland fire managers determined that suppressing the fire would be the best management strategy.

Map of the 8 fires in Yellowstone NP known as the Heart Complex. September 2, 2011. Credit: NPS


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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.