Park fire sees increased activity

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Bacon Rind Fire burning in Yellowstone Park saw increased activity Monday afternoon, with small smoke columns visible from the surrounding area.

The fire, located about 20 miles south of Big Sky and 23 miles north of West Yellowstone, is 412 acres in size. It began with a lightning strike on July 20, according to a U.S. Forest Service update on the fire.

Interior areas of the fire continue to burn and isolated group tree torching was observed during a reconnaissance flight. No new perimeter growth has been observed on the fire. The fire is advancing from log to log as it makes its way through dead and downed trees on the forest floor, the update said.

The fire can be seen from Highway 191. Smoke may be visible from Highway 191 but is not threatening the road at this time. The Forest Service urges people to be cautious when driving along the road and only stop in designated pullouts. There could be times that smoke will lay down along the road. The fire is currently not threatening any structures.

Due to hazardous, heavy, dead and downed timber, as well as many standing dead trees, fire managers are not putting firefighters on the ground at this time. They will be looking for opportunities to engage the fire if it makes its way toward Highway 191 and private inholdings to the north.

Currently, Highway 191 and all roads leading into and through the Custer Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park are open.

All visitor facilities, including concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities are not impacted by the fire and remain open.