Lightning strike causes Yellowstone’s first wildland fire of the year

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Wyo4News Staff, [email protected] [PRESS RELEASE]

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (June 25, 2021) – On Thursday evening, a visitor reported this year’s first wildland fire at Yellowstone National Park.

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The Elk Creek Fire, 0.1 acre in size, is located on a ridge south of Blacktail Drive and west of Petrified Tree in the northern part of the park. This fire is being suppressed due to an unfavorable location this early in the fire season and is being immediately suppressed.

The parkwide fire danger level for Yellowstone is HIGH. Currently, there are no fire restrictions. However, park staff is monitoring conditions and may put restrictions in place in the near future.

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Campfires are only permitted within established fire rings in campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. Campfires must always be attended and cold to the touch before abandoning. Soak, stir, feel, repeat.

The Greater Yellowstone area is a fire-adapted ecosystem. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of this area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation.

Stay informed about current fire activity in Yellowstone.

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