I arrived back in Yellowstone, eager to leave the memory of racing flames and charred hillsides behind in California, only to be greeted with another fire!
A tree falling on a power line ignited what has been named the Le Hardy fire near Fishing Bridge in the Lake Yellowstone area of the park. Although some roads were briefly closed, and some backcountry areas remain inaccessible, this fire is not expected to be of the same magnitude of the 1988 event. A co-worker took this photo of the smoke plume from Fishing Bridge Junction.
One challenge fire fighters didn't experience in California--large predators. A firefighter in Yellowstone surprised a grizzly bear and received minor injuries from the frightened animal, who was trying to flee the flames.