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    Post Yellowstone Fire

    July 8th

    Strong, erratic winds forced firefighters to pull back from a
    260-acre wildfire six miles east of Mount Washburn in Yellowstone
    National Park.
    "They were all off by 12:30-1 p.m. It was just too unsafe to
    keep them in there with the erratic winds," park spokeswoman
    Cheryl Matthews said.
    The crew had been focusing on securing fire lines around the
    tail end of the Broad fire and its south-southwest flank, as well
    as continue work along the northern edge of the fire.
    The fire was in old-growth timber and heavy accumulations of
    dead and downed trees.
    In all, eight fires have broken out in Yellowstone this summer.
    One was sparked by a power line and the rest were caused by
    lightning. All the others have been contained.
    Currently, campfires are allowed in established fire pits and
    grates and liquid or gas fuel stoves and self-contained charcoal
    grills may be used. All park trails and facilities are open.
    Remote, naturally caused fires that do not threaten structures
    are usually allowed to burn in Yellowstone without being
    suppressed. The Broad fire and the others were being fought because
    the fire season has been so severe elsewhere.

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    Strong, erratic winds from a cool front forced firefighters to
    stay away from a 1,700-acre fire eight miles northeast of Canyon
    Village for a second straight day in Yellowstone National Park.
    The fire near Broad Creek was sending smoke into Cooke City, 30
    miles away.
    "It is putting up quite a bit of smoke because it is in very
    heavy fuels in old-growth forest," spokeswoman Cheryl Matthews
    said Tuesday. "It is very visible."
    One backcountry campsite near Agate Creek has been closed.
    A growing concern is the Divide Lake fire, which is burning 5-10
    acres near U.S. 191 in the northwestern part of the park. It was
    reported Saturday, but crews could not pinpoint it until Tuesday
    afternoon when it flared up.
    Firefighters that had been assigned to the Broad fire were
    streaming to the Divide Lake fire. About 55 people were fighting it
    from the ground, while two helicopters were dropping water and two
    aircraft were releasing chemical retardant.
    "They're really hitting it hard," Matthews said. "They have
    already laid retardant to keep it from burning to the road."
    Officials did not expect to shut down the highway, she said.
    "They might have to do temporary closures if there's a lot of
    fire activity close to the road, but at this time it's not
    happening."
    Ten fires have broken out in Yellowstone this summer; two were
    sparked by fallen power lines and the rest by lightning. Only one
    has been extinguished, and the traditional peak of the fire season,
    late July and early August, has not yet arrived.
    Still, all park trails, roads, lodging and dining facilities and
    tourist attractions remained open.
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    On the Net:
    Yellowstone fires:
    http://www.nps.gov/yell/technical/fire/index.htm
    National Interagency Fire Center:
    http://www.nifc.gov/fireinfo/nfn.html
    Rocky Mountain area large fires:
    http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/fire/rmacc.html

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    Post Thursday Eve 7/11

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Firefighters were
    weighing their few options Thursday for battling a wildfire on the
    east rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
    Fire retardant drops have been ineffective against the Broad
    fire, which covered 4,100 acres after growing by 1,550 acres
    Wednesday.
    "As far as putting people in on the fire, because of the
    terrain and because of the types of fuels, we're not doing that at
    the moment," park spokeswoman Marsha Karle said. "It's much too
    dangerous."
    Officials are looking for natural fire breaks such as open spots
    and areas burned in 1988, although those might be some distance
    away.
    "They're looking at a strategy as far as where they might draw
    the line ... where we aren't really in that really heavy timber,
    where we aren't on those steep slopes," she said.
    Smoke is now prevalent throughout Yellowstone, Karle said.
    "We're seeing very heavy smoke laying down in the morning,"
    she said. "You get up and you can barely see the mountains around
    you because of all the smoke, plus you get the afternoon plume when
    the fire picks up later in the day."
    All roads, lodging and tourist attractions remain open, but some
    visitors might experience discomfort, she said.
    "If they have asthma or any kind of respiratory problems, they
    might have a little difficulty."
    The strategy for now is to drop water from helicopters, if they
    could be secured. Equipment and firefighters have been scarce due
    to a vigorous wildfire season throughout the West.
    Wednesday, rangers began closing backcountry trails and
    campsites between the Lamar River and Sour Creek east of the
    Yellowstone River and west of Mirror Plateau, an area of about 100
    square miles.
    In northwest Yellowstone, firefighters were mopping up a 10-acre
    fire near U.S. 191. The fire was less than a half mile west of the
    highway about 20 miles north of West Yellowstone, Mont.
    Six firefighters contained a quarter-acre fire in the southwest
    corner of the park about a half-mile from the west boundary. The
    firefighters were taken to the remote fire by helicopter.

    (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press
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