Yellowstone moves fire danger to high after another fire discovered in park

JACKSON HOLE, WYO– Fire officials in Yellowstone National Park raised fire danger level to “high” yesterday as yet another wildfire was discovered within the park.

A new lightning-caused wildland fire was detected approximately one mile west of Dunraven Pass on Sunday, August 18. The Carnelian fire is currently a tenth of an acre. It is smoldering in an area that last burned in 1988. Crews are monitoring the fire which has minimal growth projections given the location. Visitors are advised smoke may be visible from the park road.

The fire elevation comes after similar danger levels were set in adjacent forest and park land weeks ago. There are currently no fire restrictions in place in the park. Campfires are permitted only within established fire rings in campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. All campfires must be 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.

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