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Yellowstone’s Alum Fire Grows From 3 to 4000 Acres Over Weekend

August 18, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming No Comments
Alum Fire

Fires in Yellowstone National Park have grown significantly over the weekend, although they primarily remain in a managed status.  However, one that is causing much concern is the Alum Fire which is in the back country west of Mud Volcano and burning eastward toward the thermal feature and the Grand Loop Road.  That fire this weekend grew from three acres to 4000, most of that growth on Saturday.  Speaking from the fire lines Sunday, Park Spokesman Al Nash said that movement could lead the park to have to close off a portion of the road in the fire’s vicinity. However, Nash quickly stresses that the fire is localized to the Mud Volcano area;  and despite rumors that are circulating about the fire activity, it will not impact visitation to the rest of the park.  Nash says it wasn’t as hot and dry in Yellowstone Sunday as it was Saturday when the fire exploded from three to three-thousand acres. Additional firefighting resources are on their way to the park to assist with protection of the road corridor, the boardwalk in the Mud Volcano, and the nearby power line.  Meanwhile, the Druid Fire high on Druid Peak over the Lamar Valley grew to 60 acres with smoke and flames visible from the road now.  The Alder Fire on the peninsula at the south end of Yellowstone Lake has grown to nearly 1000 acres and is visible from around the lake.

Photo: Alum Fire from Mt Washburn Fire Lookout

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