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Forest Fires/Smoke

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Forest Fires/Smoke

A graphic on the network news tonight showed a fire near Yellowstone. Does anyone know how close it is to the park? Has air quality in the park been impacted by smoke? We'll be there next week. Thanks for any info.

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1. Re: Forest Fires/Smoke

The park has dozens of fires each summer. Which fire are you talking about?

nps.gov/yell/…20130814_1000_allfirestarts.jpg

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The specific fire wasn't named on the news. My concern is basically whether or not there is a fire in the area large enough to impact the park.

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Here is the link to the Yellowstone News Releases.

http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/13063c.htm

From this it does not look like any of them are a big problem. Were you concerned about smoke being an issue, or a bigger issue with something like a closure?

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Thx for the link, Pam. I was concerned about anything that would affect our trip. Years ago we traveled between Glacier and Olympic through miles of smoke and I was hoping history wouldn't repeat itself on this trip. As always, you're very helpful.

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5. Re: Forest Fires/Smoke

Thanks for the kind words. I thought you were probably concerned about smoke.

I hate to say this but there is a big fire burning in S. Idaho which may waft smoke over in this general direction. It's the Elk Complex fire and it pretty significant. I, fortunately, live pretty far north of it, so nothing here. Last year (or the year before?? They are all running together, lol) some Idaho fires did cause some smoky conditions in the Western Wyoming area.

http://www.inciweb.org/state/13/

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6. Re: Forest Fires/Smoke

The interactive map on this website will help you track the area fires: http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/lg_fire2.php

The smoke will often depend on the wind direction as much as the proximity of the fires. Right now in Ennis we're getting smoke from fires in Idaho. The fire 40 miles south of here is having less of an impact so far.

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There are a few fires in SW Montana around the Bozeman/Livingston/Gardiner areas that are making things pretty smoky around Gardiner and Mammoth the past 2 days. I have been in town all day today so can't speak for Mammoth, but Gardiner has been smoky enough today that I have avoided spending too much time outside at once :(

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Thx for the info. I'll keep an eye on things.

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