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Yellowstone National Park enacts fire restrictions

By: - July 1, 2021 11:03 am

Although Montana saw less fire damage in 2020 than in recent years, fires in other Western states led to unhealthy air conditions in parts of the state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Effective immediately, Yellowstone National Park officials have declared the fire danger level “very high.”
Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect until further notice.
Those restrictions include:

Backcountry and trails

  • Prohibited: Charcoal or wood fire campfires in the backcountry, including those in established fire rings.
  • Prohibited: Smoking in the backcountry and on all trails, except immediately adjacent to the provided fire ring in designated campsites or within a 3-foot-diameter area barren of all flammable material (e.g. standing in water, on a boat).
  • Permitted: Portable gas stoves and lanterns in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet.

Frontcountry and developed areas

  • Permitted: Smoking only in:
    • an enclosed vehicle
    • a single-family dwelling
    • a developed campground
    • a day-use picnic area
    • within a 3-foot-diameter area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material
  • Permitted: Campfires in designated fire rings in frontcountry developed campgrounds (Madison, Mammoth, Slough Creek, Canyon, Indian Creek, Pebble Creek, Lewis Lake, Grant Village and Bridge Bay) and day-use picnic areas. All campfires must be cold to the touch before abandoning. Soak, stir, feel, repeat.
Fireworks are not allowed in the park. Visitors are reminded that negligently starting a wildland fire may result in fines and/or imprisonment.

Stay informed about current fire activity in Yellowstone.

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