Aug 8, 2012 11:55 PM by MTN News
Three new small fires were discovered in Yellowstone late Tuesday where hot, dry weather also prompted the park to raise the fire danger to "extreme" on Wednesday afternoon.
Fire restrictions also went into effect at noon Wednesday.
Two fires, Fan 1 and Fan 2, were discovered in the northwest corner of the park late Tuesday. Together, they are burning about two acres and are 25 percent contained.
A third fire, the Agate Fire, was also discovered late Tuesday. It's burning in the backcountry southeast of Tower Junction. It is estimated at one-tenth of an acre. Campsite 2Y1 is closed due to the fire.
Several other fires are still burning in the park, including the largest at 25 acres, the Dewdrop Fire, which is in the backcountry about nine miles southeast of Canyon.
Campfires are allowed only in established fire grates or fire rings in picnic areas or campgrounds. The use of portable charcoal grills is prohibited. Any fire which can produce an ash is prohibited in the backcountry. You can use portable stoves and lanterns which use propane, white gas, kerosene, or jellied petroleum for fuel anywhere in the park.
Smoking is prohibited along all trails and anywhere in the backcountry.
Smoking is allowed in vehicles and along roads, near buildings, and in developed campgrounds or picnic areas if you are standing in an area at least three feet in diameter where nothing on the ground will burn.
Impacts to visitors and area residents:
All park entrances, roads, campgrounds, lodging, stores, and other visitor services are open. A few trail segments and some backcountry campsites are temporarily closed.