Wahb fire

The Wahb fire is burning about a half-acre in the northeastern part of Yellowstone National Park.

A new fire has been discovered in the northeastern portion of Yellowstone National Park.

The Wahb fire is estimated to be a half-acre in size in a remote area near Cache Creek, according to a news release from the park.

The fire was discovered Sunday by a backcountry ranger on patrol. It is believed to have been caused by lightning. There are no trail or campsite closures in the area.

A National Park Service photo shows smoke coming off a hillside with a mix of conifer trees and open areas.

Park officials are monitoring the blaze, the release said. If it starts burning more actively, smoke may be visible from the Lamar Valley.

The Wahb is the ninth fire in Yellowstone so far this year. Five are no longer burning. Three others besides the Wahb are still active — the Pollux, Wyodaho and Brimstone fires.

The largest is the Brimstone, which has burned about 80 acres on the eastern shore of Yellowstone Lake.

Michael Wright can be reached at mwright@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

Michael Wright covers the environment and wildlife issues for the Chronicle.

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