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Final Update on Yellowstone Fires (Fingers Crossed)!

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This will be the final update for the Tatanka Complex and the Maple Fire unless significant activity occurs. With cloudy and wet weather in the forecast, very little fire activity is expected today.

Crews on the Buffalo Fire will remove structure protection from the Elk Tongue and Lower Slough Creek Cabins and hazard trees that could affect Slough Creek Campground.

On the Maple Fire, the warmer weather and gusty winds yesterday produced active interior burning (and therefore, more smoke in the area) between Cougar Creek and Richards Creek. Crews also hope to finish re-seeding the contingency and control lines today before the predicted rains arrive this evening.

The fires continue to be monitored and action taken as needed.

What’s Open:

All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are open.
Park visitor centers, concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities are open.
The road into Slough Creek is open for the first half mile only (to the gravel pit) for fishing access.
Mount Holmes, Grizzly Lake, Winter Creek, and Trilobite Lake trails are outside the closure area for the Maple Fire. However, these trailheads remain closed due to road construction. Contact the Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 for information on accessing these trails.
The Barn’s Hole Road and all park pullouts along the Madison River/West Entrance Road are open.

What’s Closed:

Slough Creek Campground and trails are closed due to the Buffalo Fire.
The Mary Mountain Trail is closed due to the Central Fire.
Closures are continually evaluated and may change as fire activity decreases. Visit the links below for the full list and maps of current backcountry campsite, trail, and road closures.

Fire Danger remains HIGH. Campfires are only allowed in provided rock or metal fire rings, grills, barbecues, or grates in the 11 developed campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. Visit the links below for additional details.

Park Fire Information:
Fire Information: 307-344-7102,
Year-Round Yellowstone Road Conditions: 307-344-2117

Fire Map:

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