New Fire in Yellowstone
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 8, 2018
Smoke is visible now from a new fire that has started near Tower-Roosevelt in Yellowstone National Park.
Smoke from the lightning-ignited Folsom Fire may be visible from the Grand Loop Road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt. The fire is located within the 1988 North Fork Fire scar, in the headwaters of Blacktail Deer Creek.
The fire was spotted during a reconnaissance flight on the way to the Shoshone National Forest on Saturday, August 4. During the same flight, the Hayden Fire was observed and has been declared out, which leaves two fires currently burning in Yellowstone – the Folsom Fire and the Bacon Rind Fire. That fire was detected Friday, July 20th around 8:00 p.m. and is burning within the Lee Metcalf Wilderness of the Custer Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park.
The Folsom Fire does not pose a threat to park visitors, and all roads leading into and through the park are open. However, fire danger is HIGH in Yellowstone. That means that campfires are only allowed in designated fire rings in developed campgrounds and most backcountry campsites. Visitors are required to extinguish campfires and make sure they are cold to the touch after use, and fireworks are not allowed in the park or on other federal lands.