2020 Yellowstone National Park Lone Star Fire – September 17, 2020
Total Personnel: 61
Updates will be released as significant changes occur.
Fire activity will likely remain same over the next few days as warm weather holds on in the area. A plume could form causing smoke on or near the road and low visibility. Motorists should be cautious. Cooler weather with some precipitation is expected to move into the area on Friday, transported by winds ranging from 10-23 mph. Smoke from western fires is expected to begin to clear as the system moves in.
Firefighter and public safety are always the top priority in all efforts.
Fuel reduction and structure protection continue. Fuel reduction efforts will focus on the Old Faithful residential area and other utility infrastructure. This creates a fire buffer that will continue to protect natural resources, cultural treasures, and visitors and residents well into the future.
Fire activity in the western United States has created high demand for firefighting resources. The nation is currently in Preparedness Level 5 (PL5). This represents the highest level of fire activity and demand for resources. All residents and visitors can assist fire efforts by following fire restrictions to reduce the potential of additional starts. Fire danger in the Yellowstone area remains very high; campfires in the backcountry are not allowed. Read more about backcountry fire restrictions in theBackcountry Situation Report.
The Grand Loop Road between Old Faithful and West Thumb Junction is open to all travel. The road may close at any time due to smoke and low visibility. Be cautious if smoke is present.
Many of the trails and campsites around Shoshone Lake and Lone Star Geyser are closed. Hikers are encouraged to talk to park staff for alternate hiking and backpacking opportunities or visit the park'sBackcountry Situation Report.The Fern Cascades Trail remains closed for fire operations.
Trailheads on the Grand Loop Road between Old Faithful and West Thumb Junction remain closed to the public. A Lone Star Fire Campsite and Trailhead Closure mapis available for reference.
For complete technical information about the fire please visit the fire Inciweb site.