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Yellowstone Increases Backcountry Fire Restrictions

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Date: August 15, 2007
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
August 15, 2007     07-70    
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2010 or 344-2012


Yellowstone Increases Backcountry Fire Restrictions

Continued hot, dry weather and recent fire activity have prompted Yellowstone National Park to increase temporary backcountry fire restrictions beginning at noon on Thursday, August 16.

No wood or charcoal fires will be allowed in the backcountry of Yellowstone.  This includes anything that produces an open flame such as fire grates, charcoal grills and fire pans. 

Only 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 in the backcountry.

Wood fires and charcoal grills will be allowed in the frontcountry of the park only in designated fire rings or grates at picnic areas and in developed campgrounds. 

Smoking will be prohibited in the backcountry.  Smoking in the frontcountry is permitted only inside vehicles, on sidewalks, in gravel or paved parking areas, and in developed campgrounds.  Smoking is prohibited on all frontcountry trails and in thermal areas.

These temporary backcountry fire restrictions are designed to protect people, property and the area’s natural resources.  They will be evaluated on a weekly basis and may be increased or reduced at any time due to changes in weather and fire danger.

The current fire danger in Yellowstone is HIGH.  The extended weather forecast calls for continued hot and dry conditions, with a slight chance of isolated afternoon thunderstorms.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

Did You Know?

Dog Hooked to Travois for Transporting Goods.

Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.