Take the Pledge, Stay Safe & Protect Yellowstone this July 4th

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Date: June 30, 2016
Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

This holiday weekend Yellowstone National Park rangers ask all park visitors to arrive in the park prepared for a safe, enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Park fire danger is HIGH. Wildland fire managers increased the wildfire danger rating to high on Monday, June 27. High fire danger means fires can ignite easily and spread at a fast rate. Four fires have ignited in the park so far this summer. Two were human-caused and two were lightning-caused. The lightning-ignited Bluff fire started Tuesday, June 28 and is estimated to be five acres. It is burning east of Canyon Village in a remote area and will be allowed to play its natural role in the ecosystem.  

Campfires are only allowed in designated fire rings in the 11 developed campgrounds and most backcountry campsites. Campfires must be extinguished and cold to the touch after use. 

Fireworks are not allowed in the park.  

Pack your patience. Plan extra time when traveling from place to place. Traffic congestion and delays should be expected, especially when wildlife is on or near the roadway. 

Plan ahead. Campgrounds and lodges fill early; especially during summer. Finding a place to sleep at the last minute is unlikely. 

Drive responsibly. Please observe park speed limits, watch out for distracted drivers, and use pullouts to watch wildlife or take photos.  

Protect park resources and experiences. People come to Yellowstone seeking a wild experience and a natural connection. You can safeguard your family and the park by remembering to:
  • View wildlife from a safe distance. Stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and 25 yards away from everything else.  
  • Stay on trails and boardwalks in thermal areas. Pets, smoking, and eating in thermal areas are prohibited to protect these fragile basins from human impact.
Take the Pledge! Learn more and dedicate yourself to enjoying and protecting this national, natural treasure by taking The Yellowstone Pledge.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July in Yellowstone!

Last updated: June 30, 2016

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