Park Service Raises Fire Danger In Yellowstone To “Very High”

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It’s worrisome this time of year here in Wyoming when precipitation levels are lower than usual as the risk of fire increases.

Anyone old enough to remember the Yellowstone fires of 1988 recoils at the thought of that happening again.

That’s why travelers to Yellowstone need to be extra careful as the National Park Service has just increased the wildland fire danger to “Very High.” That’s the second highest fire level ranking.

In plain English, this means fires start easily from all causes and may spread faster than suppression resources can travel. 

Flame lengths will be long with high intensity, making control very difficult. Both suppression and mop up will require an extended and very thorough effort. 

Outdoor burning is not recommended.

For the tourists who insist upon building a fire anyway, the park service has laid out strict rules (which we hope people will follow better than they do with being around bison).

Campfires are only permitted within fire rings in our campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. All campfires must be cold to the touch before leaving. Soak, stir, feel, repeat.

Let’s hope we can make it through the summer of 2020 without more unfortunate headlines.

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