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Bacon Rind Fire slowly backing down the slope near Highway 191

Posted at 10:30 AM, Jul 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-29 12:30:03-04

The lighting-sparked Bacon Rind Fire continues to slowly back down the slope high above Highway 191 and is gradually moving through heavy dead and down timber with occasional torching of trees in other directions.

On Saturday, increased cloud cover in the afternoon raised humidity within the fire, but no moisture fell over the fire area.

Smoke may be visible from Highway 191 but is not threatening the road at this time.

Officials advised caution when driving along the road and to only stop in designated pullouts. There could be times that smoke will lay down along the road, so use caution.

It currently is not threatening any structures.

Due to hazardous, heavy dead, and down timber as well as many standing dead trees, fire managers are not putting firefighters on the ground at this time. They are, however, looking for opportunities to engage the fire if it makes its way toward Highway 191 and private inholdings to the north.

Fire has continually shaped the vegetation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and helps maintain the natural process in the area. Fires create diverse habitat and the plant and animal life we see and enjoy is partially the result of fire, officials said.