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Robertson Draw Fire Update: 8/24/2021

As of the morning of August 24th the Robertson Draw fire is holding at 90% contained and has burned ~29,885 acres.  It is likely that until a snow event occurs this fire will remain at this containment level.  This fire started Sunday June 13th as ~20 acres, expanding quickly to ~20,000 acres by Wednesday morning June 16th.  The Howell Gulch YBRA camp did evacuate at that time, but no buildings were impacted and the evacuation order was lifted on June 16th at 8:00 pm.  All camp attendees and staff were allowed back to camp and the Summer field season has continued.  This is very good news and although we need to be vigilant as the fire fighting and prevention efforts continue, camp is still open.    For any inquiries, please contact ybrapresident@gmail.com.

Current information on the fire and local area closures can be found in the following locations:  Inciweb and The Custer Gallatin National Forest Facebook Page

Visitors such as potential clients, YBRA alumni or other interested parties who wish to tour the camp should contact YBRA in advance either via phone, 815-790-0288 or via email at creasy6@gmail.com.

Building Bridges to the Earth

YBRA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that owns and operates a field station near Red Lodge, MT providing access for Earth Science courses and researchers to the diverse geological and ecological natural laboratory of the region.

Since our founding in 1936, we have played a vital role in the education of over 7,000 university students. For many, this experience was transformative and critical to launching successful careers in government, academia, and the resource and environmental industries.

Annually, YBRA hosts 6 – 8 universities, a paleontological institute, and a variety of other groups totaling over 350 participants.

Educational Research in the Field

We also sponsor professional and community-centered symposia, workshops, seminars, and open houses. Our annual YBRA Symposium features leaders in their field who discuss current issues in Earth Science and industry.

YBRA has a long and exceptional legacy in supporting geoscience education. In celebration of our 80th anniversary, we launched a “Building Bridges” fund raising campaign to enhance and expand the educational experience of students.

We invite you to discover YBRA, get involved, and join us in empowering future generations of geoscientists.

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The YBRA is a non-profit organization that was established in 1936 to "further fundamental geological science and the training of students under exceptionally favorable conditions."

YBRA conducts geology and other applied field science in the northern Rocky Mountains of Montana and Wyoming.

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