Fishhawk Fire east of Yellowstone grows to 4,581 acres

(Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service)

CASPER, Wyo. — A fire burning east of Yellowstone National Park and 40 miles west of Cody has grown to 4,581 acres.

A Type 2 incident management team will be briefed on Wednesday before they take over management of the fire.

That is according to a Wednesday, Sept. 4 update posted to Inciweb.

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“Infrared mapping from an overflight shows that the Fishhawk Fire grew 500 acres and is now 4,581 acres,” the announcement adds.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“’This fire is in some rugged, hazardous terrain.'” said Jay Slagowski, incident commander. “‘Our number one priority is the safety of firefighters and the public; we are being tactical about what resources we use where and when it is safe to do so. Structures in the area are being evaluated for protection measures.'”

This map shows the relative area of the fire as of Tuesday afternoon:

On Tuesday, officials said that firefighters would not immediately approach the fire due to dangerous conditions with dead, standing trees in the area. If the fire begins to threaten structures in the area, firefighters will make efforts to protect these structures.

Areas of the Shoshone National Forest have been closed due to the fire. This map shows the restricted areas:

“The purpose of this Order is to protect natural resources and public safety due to the impacts of the wildland fire, associated fire incident management, and fire rehabilitation activities,” the U.S. Forest Service says. “The Restricted Area is closed to all travel and use.”