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Bacon Rind Fire burning near Yellowstone National Park boundary

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jul 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-22 18:28:07-04

The Bacon Rind Fire continues burning in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness area — about 20 miles south of Big Sky — according to a post on the Gallatin County Emergency Management Facebook page.

A thunderstorm moving through the area sparked the fire on July 16, and it was detected around 8 p.m. on Friday. Gallatin County Emergency Management said in its post:

"The fire is estimated at about 25 acres [Sunday] within a 50 acre perimeter and did receive some moisture from area storms last night. It is burning in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness area about two miles west of Highway 191 between Bacon Rind and Snowslide Creeks. Falling snags are creating a significant safety concern for firefighters.

The fire is near the Yellowstone National Park boundary so fire officials continue close coordination efforts. The fire is not threatening any structures at this time."

There is smoke visible from Highway 191, according to the post, and officials remind motorists to stay focused on driving until it’s safe to pull over.