YELLOWSTONE, Wyo. — Today, Yellowstone National Park (YNP) lowered the parkwide fire danger from very high to high, due to an average of two inches of rain that fell across the park the week of Aug. 16.

Stage 1 fire restrictions (put in place July 1) are no longer in effect. The park will evaluate the need for restrictions for the remainder of the fire season. Campfires are allowed 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 and repeat until cold. Visitors are reminded that negligently starting a wildfire may result in fines and/or imprisonment.

Currently, there are no active wildfires in the park. Stay informed about Yellowstone’s fire activity.

Visibility in the park varies due to drifting smoke from wildfires throughout the West. Visit for details.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.