Current Fire Activity

Chart showing the current fire danger to be very high.
Fire danger in the park is very high.


Fire danger is VERY HIGH in Yellowstone. The following fire restrictions are currently in place in the park:

Backcountry and trails

  • Charcoal or wood fire campfires that may produce ash or embers are prohibited in the backcountry, including those in established fire rings.
  • Portable gas stoves and lanterns are permitted in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the backcountry and on all trails, except immediately adjacent to the provided fire ring in designated campsites or within a 3-foot-diameter area barren of all flammable material (e.g. standing in water, on a boat).

Frontcountry and developed areas

  • Smoking is permitted only in
    1. an enclosed vehicle
    2. a single-family dwelling
    3. a developed campground
    4. a day-use picnic area
    5. within a 3-foot-diameter area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material
  • There is no restriction on campfires in designated fire rings in frontcountry developed campgrounds (Madison, Canyon, Bridge Bay, Grant Village) and day-use picnic areas. All campfires must be cold to the touch before abandoning. Soak, stir, feel, repeat.

Learn more about what wildland fire danger levels mean.

If fire-related closures occur, they will be listed on InciWeb pages linked below. Closures affecting Yellowstone roads will also be listed on the park roads page. Closures affecting park trails and trailheads will be listed on the backcountry situation report. Please call 307-344-7102 for regular recorded updates.


2020 Fires

Name Reported On Cause Acres Status
Sour Fire August 1 Lightning 0.1 Out, being monitored
Soda Fire August 3 Lightning 0.1 Out, being monitored
Picnic Fire August 10 Human 0.1 Out
2H3 Fire August 17 Lightning 0.1 Being monitored
Cutoff Fire August 19 Lightning 0.1 Being monitored
Lone Star Fire August 22 Lightning See updates Active

You can read about the 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 wildfire seasons on the Fire Season Summary page.

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    Last updated: August 27, 2020

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