Brimstone Fire causes more campsite closures, smoke

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — The Brimstone Fire has grown to 80 acres, from .05 acres when it was first reported on Monday.

The fire, burning on the eastern shore of Yellowstone Lake, is creating visible smoke, but officials in Yellowstone National Park say it poses no threat to visitors. Services are open, and all roads leading into and through the park are open.

Still, there are several closures in effect: Brimstone Bay campsites 5E1, 5E2, 5E3, 5E4, 5E5, 5E6, and 6B4 are all closed, and the Thorofare Trail between 5E8 and Beaverdam Creek is closed. Keep up with closures on the Backcountry Situation Report.

Due to the increased fire activity and additional closures, park staff are working to reroute backpackers around the impacted area.

Smoke from the fire may be visible from Bridge Bay, Lake Village, Fishing Bridge, the East Entrance Road, and communities east of the park.

When managing a fire, park personnel also manage risk. Managers will monitor the fire and prepare long term management plans that address the safety of firefighters and the public, protection of structures, and natural and cultural resources.

Updated Brimstone Fire closure map (NPS)

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