August 20, 2012 in Featured
Summary: Due to the lack of moisture throughout the park in the last several days, the fire danger level in Yellowstone has been elevated to Extreme. Fire restrictions are still in effect. Fire activity has increased on two fires in the central portion of the park, and smoke may be visible from several areas along the Grand Loop Road from Norris to Canyon Village and south to Fishing Bridge.
Cygnet Fire: This lightning caused fire was discovered Friday afternoon, August 10, about 5 miles southeast of Norris Junction. Visual inspections during overflights over the weekend have estimated its size at 87 acres. Two 20-person firefighting crews are working to prepare a utility corridor south of the Norris to Canyon road in case the fire reaches that area, and they will continue to monitor the fire. As a precaution, the Cygnet Lakes Trail is closed temporarily in its entirety. Smoke may become visible from several areas throughout the park. Read the rest of this entry →
August 17, 2012 in Featured
by Katie on Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:15 am
A playful pair of black bears at Rainy Lake
August 17, 2012 in Featured
A head-on collision late Tuesday afternoon in Yellowstone National Park claimed the life of a motorcyclist from northeast Wyoming.
The accident occurred shortly before 5:00 p.m. between Madison Junction and the Gibbon Falls overlook.
The motorcyclist, 52 year old James Michael Cody of Wright, Wyoming, was declared dead at the scene. Read the rest of this entry →
August 14, 2012 in Trip Reports
Backpacking Hoodoo Basin (NE Yellowstone) 8/4-8/11, 2012
by Sitmowm on Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:42 pm
The Hoodoo Basin, in the northeast part of the park, is beautiful but remote. From the Soda Butte hikers’ trailhead in the Lamar Valley, it takes around 17 miles of hiking up the Lamar River and Miller Creek, and then a 2,000 foot climb and an additional six miles or so to reach the actual Hoodoos. It’s beautiful country, and not seen by many people. Over the six days I was on the Miller Creek trail and exploring the Hoodoo Basin beyond, I saw two backpacking couples and one horse party. And for one three-day period, while I was on the most remote part of the route, I didn’t see anybody at all.
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August 13, 2012 in Featured
The fire danger level in Yellowstone has been lowered to Very High. Fire restrictions are still in effect. Thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday brought lightning and rain to the northern third of the park, followed by moderate temperatures and sunshine on Saturday. Light fire activity continues and firefighters are being released.
The lightning caused fire was discovered Friday afternoon, August 10, about 5 miles southeast of Norris Junction. Firefighters estimated its size at 1/10 of an acre and are continuing to monitor its activity. Smoke may become visible from Cygnet Lakes Trail and Mary Mountain Trail in Hayden Valley. Read the rest of this entry →
August 12, 2012 in Featured
Yellowstone National Park has completed its annual summer bison population abundance monitoring.
Three airplane surveys were conducted with a high count of the population at 4,230 bison. There are approximately 2,600 bison in the Northern herd and 1,600 in the Central herd this summer. There were about 600 calves-of-the-year observed in a June aerial survey. Read the rest of this entry →