• An aerial view of Old Faithful erupting taken from Observation Point with the Old Faithful Inn to the side.

    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

Fire Facts

  • In an average year approximately 24 fires are ignited in Yellowstone by lightning.
  • About 83% of naturally ignited fires in Yellowstone never reach more than 0.5 hectare (1.2 acre) in size.
  • About 94% of fires in Yellowstone never burn more than 40 hectares (100 acres).
  • In Yellowstone, on average, fires are detected at 3:03 in the afternoon-- fires burn most vigorously during the heat of the day, causing tall smoke plumes to be seen by fire lookouts or sharp-eyed park visitors.

Did You Know?

Lake Trout Illustration

Lake trout are an invasive species of fish that is decimating the native cutthroat trout population in Yellowstone Lake.