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New fire detected on eastern shore of Yellowstone Lake

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CASPER, Wyo. — Officials at Yellowstone National Park say that a campsite on the eastern shore of Yellowstone Lake is closed, after reports were received of a half-acre fire in the park.

Officials say that the Brimstone Fire was detected on the afternoon of August 26 east of Yellowstone Lake. It is believed that the likely cause of the fire was lightning.

The blaze is burning in a spruce and fir forest.

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A statement from Yellowstone National Park says that, for safety reasons, the Brimstone Bay campsite 5E4 near the Thorofare Trail is closed until further notice. 

Due to low fire activity, the Thorofare Trail remains open. Hikers can check the current status of the trail at Backcountry Situation Report.  

Park fire staff are monitoring the fire.

“The Greater Yellowstone area is a fire-adapted ecosystem,” Yellowstone National Park says. “Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of this area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation.”