Aug 26, 2011 3:19 PM by KBZK Media Center, Yellowstone National Park press release
Five new small fires were discovered in Yellowstone National Park on Thursday.
The Heart Lake Fire was discovered Thursday morning. Four other fires were reported late Thursday afternoon. All five were caused by lightning are are burning in the backcountry.
This fire is located in the south central portion of the park, about a half mile northeast of Heart Lake. It is one-tenth of an acre. As a precaution, firefighters will set up structure protection at the Heart Lake Patrol Cabin, which is about a mile from the heel of the fire.
Discovered Thursday afternoon, this fire is several miles southeast of Canyon Village and west of the junction of the Wapiti Lake and Astringent Creek trails. Due to its location, the park has temporarily closed some nearby backcountry campsites and trail
segments. It is one-tenth of an acre in size.
Also one-tenth of an acre in size, the Point Fire is located on the east shore of Yellowstone Lake, between Elk Point and Park Point.
This fire was spotted Thursday afternoon northeast of the park's South Entrance. This fire is burning in dense, old growth forest and can produce a smoke column visible from the South Entrance road. Currently
one-tenth of an acre in size, it is expected to grow in the coming days.
A fifth, unnamed fire has been reported on the Pitchstone Plateau in the southwest corner of the park. Firefighters will travel into this remote site Friday for a size-up.
All five of these new fires will be managed as the Heart Complex.
The one other active fire burning in the park is the Gibbon Fire. It was discovered on July 12. This lightning-caused fire is burning in the backcountry 3 miles east of Madison Junction. It is currently six acres. The Gibbon Fire received over one-third of an inch of rain Thursday, which has significantly reduced fire activity.
Yellowstone National Park advises that the park is part of a larger fire adapted ecosystem where fire
plays an important role in maintaining the health of this area's wildlife habitat and vegetation.
The fire danger in Yellowstone is "very high". The park encourages visitors are encouraged to be careful with campfires, grills, camp stoves and smoking materials.
Updated information is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/unit/5382/.