YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK— An estimated five-acre fire is burning in Tom Miner Basin, Montana, an area located just north of Yellowstone National Park’s northwest boundary.

Officials were alerted of the fire after individuals reported seeing smoke in Yellowstone on Tuesday afternoon. The park’s helicopter crew flew the area that evening and spotted a new fire, likely ignited by lightning several days prior.

The Big Horn Fire is in very steep, rugged and rocky terrain in the remote northwest corner of the park.

Fire crews will monitor the wildfire from Tom Miner Basin and the air since the potential for it to leave the park is very low.

Forecasted snow and rain will likely significantly slow its growth over the next ten days. A weather pattern such as the one expected could also be a fire season-ending event.

Backcountry campsite WE4 will be closed for the rest of the season due to its proximity to the fire. See the Backcountry Situation Report for details.

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