By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Yellowstone National Park’s wildfire season recently began with not one, but two bangs.
Two lightning-ignited wildfires were started in the park earlier this week, according to a news release from the National Park Service.
The Sour Fire, located near the Mirror Plateau, was spotted by the park’s Mount Washburn Lookout on the afternoon of Aug. 1. Precipitation fell on the fire shortly after detection, and it hasn’t been seen since.
The Soda Fire, located several hundred yards south of the Soda Butte formation in Lamar Valley, was reported by a visitor on the evening of Aug. 3. Fire staff suppressed the fire due to its location.
Fire danger is currently at a high level in the park. However, no fire restrictions are currently in place.
Campfires are only permitted in fire rings at campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. Due to the pandemic, only four campgrounds are open.
The Park Service reminded Yellowstone visitors to take precautions against fire through steps such as making sure all campfires are dead. All campfires must be cold to the touch before abandoning. Soak the fire with water, stir the embers and repeat until the embers are cold.
Wyoming is experiencing an above-average fire season, and humans are the main cause of wildfires.