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Tree scorched in Yellowstone National Park in start of fire season

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Tree scorched in Yellowstone National Park in start of fire season

Jun 10, 2024 | 7:43 pm ET
By Daily Montanan Staff
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Tree scorched in Yellowstone National Park in start of fire season
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A campsite at Sourdough Creek in Yellowstone National Park (Photo courtesy of Yellowstone National Park | Public Domain).
Yellowstone National Park said Sunday marked its first wildland fire this season, one detected by a motorist on Highway 191 on the west side of the park, but firefighters were expected to have it under control Monday.
“The .1-acre lightning-ignited Milepost 17 Fire torched a single tree almost a mile west of Highway 191 and 17 miles north of West Yellowstone,” the park said.
Parkwide fire danger was still low on Monday, and no fire restrictions are in place or planned in the park.
Yellowstone also said the following about wildfires:
  • 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.

Most fires are started by humans.