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Fire Restrictions in Yellowstone National Park

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Date: July 3, 2007
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

              

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2007     07-34             
Al Nash 307) 344-2010

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE

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Fire Restrictions In Yellowstone National Park

Continued hot, dry weather and recent fire activity outside the park has prompted Yellowstone National Park to implement temporary fire restrictions effective at noon on Tuesday, July 3.

* Wood fires and charcoal grills will be allowed only in designated fire rings or grates at picnic areas, developed campgrounds, and at some backcountry campsites. 

* Portable camp stoves and lanterns which use white gas, kerosene, compressed gas, or similar fuels,  and sheepherder-type stoves with spark arrester screens, may be used at picnic areas, developed campgrounds, and in the backcountry.

* Smoking is permitted only inside vehicles, on sidewalks, in gravel or paved parking areas, in developed campgrounds, immediately adjacent to backcountry fire rings, and in designated smoking areas inside buildings. Smoking is prohibited on all trails and thermal areas.

* Fireworks are prohibited in Yellowstone National Park and on all national forest land surrounding the park. 

These temporary restrictions are designed to protect people, property and the area’s natural resources.  They will remain in place until further notice, and may be increased or reduced at any time due to changes in weather and fire danger.

There have been six fires in the park this year.  Four have been caused by people and two were the result of lightning strikes.  All of the fires have been put out.  All were less than one-tenth of an acre.

The fire danger in Yellowstone National Park has ranged from “Moderate” to “Very High”.  The extended weather forecast calls for continued hot and dry conditions, with a slight chance of isolated afternoon thunderstorms.

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