BOZEMAN, Mont. - The following s a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.
Starting Saturday, September 7 at 12:00 p.m. a smaller closure area will be implemented around the Emigrant Fire, one of four fires in the Miner Paradise Complex. Custer and Gallatin National Forest officials have adjusted the closure order around the Emigrant Fire to provide more access to National Forest System lands south of the fire.
"With firefighters gaining more containment on the Emigrant Fire, we feel that the hazards in areas south of the fire have diminished enough to allow public access," said Lauren Oswald, Yellowstone Deputy District Ranger. "We will continue to reassess progress on the north and east sides of the fire and will be opening areas as soon as we feel the hazards have been reduced."
The south end of the closure area now follows the boundary between the Yellowstone Ranger District and the Gardiner Ranger District, along with access to most of Mineral Mountain. A detailed closure order map will be available on inciweb: Miner Paradise Complex.
The closure area around the Sheep Fire in the Tom Miner Basin was reduced in size on August 28, 2013. The current area closed includes the area between Sheep Creek and Grizzly Creek, and from the Yellowstone National Park boundary north to the Forest Service boundary with private land. The current area closure maps for both the Emigrant and the Sheep Fires respectively can be found online at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/maps/3657/.
For questions on the closure or additional information please contact the Yellowstone Ranger District at 406-222-1892, and the Gardiner Ranger District at 406-848-7375. For general information on the Gallatin National Forest visit online at www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin.