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  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    Smoky Fire Day

    THREE HEREABOUTS
    Cougar, Duck, Fan Area
    inversion: wind shift
    FAWN FIRE: NPS PHOTO
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    .. There are three fires on the west side of Yellowstone National Park that are smoky and could affect your fishing plans.
    .. The Fawn Fire, the Buffalo Fire, and the Boundary Fire are currently dumping smoke and ash on West Yellowstone. This is due to an inversion and wind shift. The winds are currently from the north and are light and variable. It was first noticed about mid day yesterday and has continued through mid morning today.
    .. There are some signs that the winds will shift again during the rest of today.
    .. The Fawn Fire is a mountain top fire caused by lightning and is currently approaching 1,000 acres. It's a slow growing fire due to the cool temperatures and cloud cover of recent days, (LINK-F.)
    .. The Buffalo Fire is also slow growing and is approaching 400 acres. It has given its' name to the complex of the current three fires in the west of the park, (LINK-B.)
    .. The Boundary Fire was reported last night along the park boundary between Cougar Creek and West Yellowstone. The fire is just four miles north of West Yellowstone and 1/4 mile inside the park boundary. It is growing at a moderate rate and is about 200 acres. It is being actively monitored and fought with helicopters, airplanes, and fire crews. The ground crews have worked through the night. (LINK-CC.)
    RESOURCES:
    InciWeb (LINK-W)
    Yellowstone Park Fire Activity (LINK-P)
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    .. The smoke is affecting folks with respiratory problems and those with sensitivity to suspended particulates. Runny eyes and noses are common. Dry hacking coughing is also common.
    .. Fishers are urged to avoid the fire areas and roads leading to them. Emergency vehicles have the right of way.
    .. Avoid Duck Creek and Cougar Creek. Fish the Gallatin River - the fish are friendly and active. They even are looking up due to the ash and debris fall from the two northern most fires.
    .. We're headed toward the little known meadow meanders of the South Fork of the Madison River. You won't see it mentioned by the counter help in this town - happily.
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