9/7/2013 9:00 AM Druid Fire Update
Incident: Druid Fire Wildfire
Last update unless significant fire activity occurs
Yellowstone National Park currently has six active fires burning. The Druid Fire in the northeast near Lamar the Alum and Calderon near the Fishing Bridge the Alder Fire on the Promontory at the south end of Yellowstone Lake and the Snake and Passage Fires near the south boundary of the Park. All of these fires are being managed jointly as the Druid Complex.
Saturday September 7 to End of Season 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
The Druid Fire has been quiet for a number of days but has recently begun having smoke visible when traveling easterly on Highway 212 from Tower Junction towards Lamar Ranch. The fire is burning in heavy spruce and fir timber.
This lightning-caused fire is in a remote part of Yellowstone National Park and is burning naturally. These natural burning fires are a needed component for a healthy diverse forest ecosystem. These types of fires often burn in a mosaic fashion where large unburned areas remain and are mixed with burned areas where the vegetation will be regenerated by ‘mother nature’. This random mosaic pattern of forest vegetation remaining often is beneficial for wildlife where a more diverse forest structure is left to become habitat for a variety of wildlife for visitors to view.
An aerial reconnaissance flight planned for yesterday was rescheduled for late this morning (9/7) to observe and map fire movement in the past few days. Fire managers will continue to monitor this fire’s activity and deploy resources as necessary to protect the public and Park infrastructure.
Additional information can be found on the web at:
www.druidcomplex.blogspot.com - for updates as they become available
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Yellowstone National Park Website http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm