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New Fires Discovered Southwest Of West Yellowstone

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Two new wildfires were discovered Friday afternoon on the Gallatin National Forest, southwest of the community of West Yellowstone, Montana.

According to a news release the Two Top fire is burning in the backcountry southwest of town near Mt. Two Top along the Montana-Idaho state line. It is burning in heavy fuels and was estimated at 20 acres as of 6:00 p.m. Friday. The nearby Mosquito Fire is estimated at three acres. Firefighting resources include smokejumpers, two engines, a helicopter and an air tanker. Additional firefighting personnel and equipment have been ordered. Visitors and area residents are being asked stay out of the South Plateau-Two Top area.

Smoke from these fires is visible from West Yellowstone, Montana and Island Park, Idaho, as well as along portions of US Highway 20. However, the haze over the area is due to upper air winds bringing smoke into the region from the Rim Fire in California.

These fires do not pose a threat to area residents or visitors. There are no plans for the evacuation of West Yellowstone or Island Park. All roads and businesses leading to and in the communities of West Yellowstone and Island Park are open, as is the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

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