Yellowstone Raises Fire Danger Level
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 6, 2017
Yellowstone National Park has raised its fire danger level.
Due to recent warm and dry weather, fire danger changed from LOW to MODERATE yesterday, but Park officials say that currently there are no fire-related restrictions or closures in place.
Current park regulations allow campfires only in designated fire rings in the 11 developed campgrounds and most backcountry campsites. Campers are to extinguish campfires and make sure they are cold to the touch after use, and visitors are cautioned that fireworks are not allowed in the park or on other federal lands.
During the 2016 fire season, 22 fires burned more than 62,000 acres in Yellowstone. Seven were the result of human activity such as a campfire, vehicle operation, or cigarettes. The rest were naturally caused by lightning. The largest of these fires, the Maple fire, burned over 45,000 acres.