Fire near Yellowstone grows to 11,130 acres, closure area changes

CASPER, Wyo. — The Fishhawk Fire east of Yellowstone National Park has grown to 11,130 acres, according to a Friday, Sept. 6 update.

Firefighters have been focusing on the northern perimeter of the fire to protect structures near the North Fork Highway. The Rocky Mountain Blue Team took over management of the fire on Thursday.

Fire crews have completed efforts to protect structures in the Kitty Creek drainage and Buffalo Bill Boy Scout Camp, where mandatory evacuations are in effect.

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“The fire fighters have moved to the north side of the highway to begin prepping from Cross Sabres Lodge east to Blackwater Creek Ranch,” Friday’s update on Inciweb states.

The fire’s southern, eastern and western perimeters are in “steep, rugged terrain with dry, heavy fuels,” so are being monitored from the air.

The fire’s activity died down in the early morning Friday.

The estimated containment date for the fire is Oct. 31.

A community meeting will be held at 6 pm Friday at the Yellowstone Valley Inn, located at 3324 North Fork Highway in Cody, with incident managers available for questions at 5:30 pm.

“US Highway 14/16/20 continues to remain open with full access between Cody and Yellowstone National Park,” the report adds. “Please be advised that smoke may impede travel, so reduced speeds may be necessary.”

The following map shows updated area closures: