Fire Update – Yellowstone National Park

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.

Cygnet Fire:
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 →

Summer Bison Population Estimate

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 →

Fire Update

August 11, 2012 in Featured

The fire danger level in Yellowstone is Extreme. Fire restrictions are in effect. The northern third of the park received nearly 300 lightning strikes as thunderstorms rolled across the region late Thursday, with more thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds forecast on into Saturday. Read the rest of this entry →

It’s Bear Friday – YNet Discussion Forums

August 10, 2012 in Featured

by anasazi on Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:46 am

Hi all. Long-time reader, first-time poster.The photos are of Quad Mom’s family taken at Swan Lake Flats in June.”It’s like I’m lookin’ in a mirror.”

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Fire Danger Extreme – New Fires

August 9, 2012 in Featured

Three new small fires were discovered in Yellowstone late Tuesday. Continued impacts from hot, dry weather prompted the park to raise the fire danger to Extreme on Wednesday afternoon. Fire restrictions also went into effect at noon Wednesday.

Fan 1 and Fan 2 Fires:
The West Yellowstone Smokejumper aircraft spotted two small fires from the air late Tuesday in the northwest corner of the park, a mile southwest of High Lake. Four heli-rappellers from the Gallatin National Forest were inserted Tuesday evening to suppress the lightning caused fires. The 22-person Blue Ridge Interagency Hotshot crew from Arizona has arrived to continue suppression efforts. The combined fires are estimated at 2 acres with 25 percent containment.
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July 2012 Visitation for Yellowstone National Park

August 8, 2012 in Featured

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for July is down slightly compared to year ago levels. The park recorded 888,335 recreational visitors in July 2012, down 2.1 percent from last year.

Recreational Visitors
July Year to Year Change
2012 888,335 – 2.1 %
2011 906,935 – 5.3 %
2010 957,785 + 6.4 %
2009 900,515 + 11.4 %
2008 808,110 – 1.8 %
2007 822,773
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