Fires have very much been on the public’s mind throughout the region in recent weeks. Now, an updated plan and associated Environmental Assessment to guide fire management in Yellowstone National Park has been released for public review. Park Spokesman Al Nash explainsthe new plan is an update to the park’s 2004 Fire Management Plan and it includes updated information on the environment, information on new fire management policy, and it establishes a one-quarter mile fire suppression zone around all major park developed areas as a way to manage and mitigate fire risk. Nash says the EA analyzes the plan’s impact on a variety of relevant issues including visitor use, socioeconomic impacts, fish and wildlife, threatened and endangered species, air and water quality, geology, and wilderness management. Nash says two alternatives are being evaluated in the 2012 FMP EA; both of which include a continuation of active management of fire and fuels within Yellowstone. Public comments may be submitted through the web site, in person or by mail, and must be received or postmarked by midnight, October 19th.
Photo: YNP 1988 Fires