News Release

New fire detected on eastern shore of Yellowstone Lake; Campsite closed until further notice

map of fire on Yellowstone Lake's shore
Brimstone Fire map

National Park Service

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News Release Date: August 27, 2019

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

  • The 0.5-acre Brimstone Fire was detected on the afternoon of August 26 east of Yellowstone Lake. See map.
  • Likely caused by lightning, it is burning in a spruce and fir forest.
  • For safety reasons, the Brimstone Bay campsite 5E4 near the Thorofare Trail is closed until further notice. 
  • Due to low fire activity, the Thorofare Trail remains open. Hikers can check the current status of the trail at Backcountry Situation Report.  
  • Fire staff will monitor the fire.
  • The Greater Yellowstone area is a fire-adapted ecosystem. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of this area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation. 
  • Stay informed about current fire activity in Yellowstone.

Last updated: August 27, 2019

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