Lightning is the suspected cause of a new fire burning along the eastern shore of Yellowstone Lake.

The Brimstone Fire was detected on Monday afternoon and is approximately a half-acre in size within a forested area of firs and spruce, according to a Yellowstone's Public Affairs Office news release.

Due to low fire activity, the Thorofare Trail remains open. However, the Brimstone Bay campsite 5E4 along the Thorofare Trail has been closed due the fire until further notice. Hikers can check the current status of the trail at Backcountry Situation Report.  

Fire staff will monitor the fire, which plays an important role in maintaining the health of this area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation, according to the press notice.

For fire updates, visit the park's website at: current fire activity.

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