Fire risk drops as snow touches peaks

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Enterprise photo by Nate Howard

The 9,431-foot Elephanthead Mountain southeast of Livingston is pictured covered with snow from a recent cold weather system, in this photo taken around noon Tuesday from Swingley Road.

The peaks of the Absaroka Mountains above Livingston are white with snow for the first time since spring, and the chances of a fire in the areas have been cooled down as well.

Yellowstone National Park downgraded its fire danger to “moderate” Monday, citing “widespread wet and cool weather.”

Locally, the season has gone by without many fires, and Park County Rural Fire District #1 Chief Dann Babcox said if weather patterns continue to be cool and wet, he doesn’t expect many issues.

“Right now, we’re in better shape,” Babcox said.

He pointed out that Wednesday is the six-year anniversary of the Pine Creek fire, so the fire season is often still raging at this point.

Yellowstone National Park is still managing the 2,045-acre Bacon Rind fire on the west side of the park, and a new .1-acre was detected Friday 5 miles southwest of Tower-Roosevelt. The fire is being monitored but has not created any issues.