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Lone Star Fire in Yellowstone Will Slow Down Monday, But Could Flare-Up Again Later This Week

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Lone Star Fire in Yellowstone National Park was expected to decrease in intensity Monday, but park staff worried that dry and warmer weather later this week might cause the fire to flare up again.

As predicted, a cold front moved into the area overnight Monday and was expected to bring rain showers to the Yellowstone area that could last much of the day. Snow flurries were also possible.

But warm, dry weather was predicted for later in the week and park officials were concerned that areas of the fire left smoldering by Monday’s cooler, wetter weather could respond by picking up in activity.

The Grand Loop Road and day use areas between Old Faithful and the West Thumb Junction were open Monday, but officials said they could close at any time if the fire activity increased.

Trailheads on the Grand Loop Road between Old Faithful and West Thumb Junction remained closed to the public. This included Howard Eaton, Lone Star, Divide and DeLacy Creek trails. 

Many of the campsites around Shoshone Lake and Lone Star Geyser are closed.

The fire picked up over the weekend to involve nearly 960 acres. Nearly 50 personnel were working on the fire as of Monday.

The National Park Service is predicting containment of the fire by Oct. 30.

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Lone Star Fire Stagnates, Grand Loop Reopens Thursday

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Loop Road between Old Faithful and West Thumb Junction will be reopened some time Thursday after rains dampened the 820-are Lone Star Fire in the park, officials announced.

The National Park Service, in an update on the blaze that was sparked Saturday by lightning, said the fire did not grow significantly Wednesday because of heavy rains and thunderstorms in the area Wednesday night.

The Park Service is predicting containment of the fire by Oct. 30.

The fire is burning in stands of lodgepole, spruce and fir and is being worked by 38 firefighters.

Firefighters will also hike into the Howard Eaton and Shoshone Lake trails to observe fire behavior on the heel and northwest flank of the fire and note the effects of Wednesday night’s precipitation.

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Size of Lone Star Fire In Yellowstone Increases

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Lone Star Fire in Yellowstone National Park grew by 58 acres on Tuesday, bringing the size of the fire that began Saturday to 821 acres.

According to an update from the National Park Service, the fire remained fairly inactive throughout Tuesday morning, but picked up in the afternoon due to increased temperatures and gusty winds.

There were also a number of small spot fires in front of the fire’s perimeter, some as far as one-half mile away. A large spot fire to the south of the main blaze was found Tuesday night through an infrared flight.

The fire grew on its southwest and northeast edges, pushing away from the Old Faithful area toward Grand Loop Road. Thirty-eight personnel are currently assigned to the fire.

Fire personnel will continue to assess the Old Faithful area for risks to its structures. The fire has forced the closure of the area’s main road from Old Faithful to West Thumb Junction.

The fire was ignited ignited Saturday evening by a lightning strike.

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