A series of backcountry fires in Yellowstone are not a threat to visitors, but park officials advise that the fire danger in the park for Labor Day weekend is “High”.
According to a release from Yellowstone National Park, eight small fires are being managed in the park as of Friday morning. All but one of the fires was caused by lightning.
One fire discovered Wednesday is the Specimen Fire located along the east fork of the Specimen Creek, a half mile from High Lake near the Gallatin National Forest, the release said. It is being contained by Yellowstone and Gallatin fire crews.
Fires are being managed according to available resources to best protect people and property, according to the release, including seven fires termed the Heart Complex, which includes five less-than-one-acre fires.
The two largest fires of the Heart Complex include: the Gibbon Fire, burning in 15-18 acres southeast of Madison Junction; and the Point Fire, burning in 5-7 acres on the eastern shore of Yellowstone Lake.
Yellowstone park officials advise visitors to use caution with campfires, stoves, and smoking materials. Eighteen fires have been reported in the park this year.
Information on backcountry access and other park info can be found by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at www.inciweb.org/unit/5382.