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Yellowstone to conduct prescribed fire to restore native vegetation

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A pronghorn looks back from a ridgline as Electric Peak towers in the distance

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News Release Date: October 15, 2019

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

  • Yellowstone wildland fire staff will conduct a 16-acre prescribed fire on one day between October 16-24, weather dependent. 
  • The burn site is located in the northern section of the park, three miles northwest of Gardiner, Montana, and about a mile east of Stephens Creek.
  • The day of ignition, smoke may be visible in the afternoon for 3 to 6 hours.  
  • The prescribed fire will consume 90% of the seeds of annual weeds (wheatgrass and desert alyssum) that impede native vegetation restoration.
  • The results of using fire to restore native vegetation will inform current and future restoration efforts throughout degraded sagebrush and grassland systems in the West.



Last updated: October 15, 2019

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