News Release

First confirmed 2023 wildland fire in Yellowstone National Park; Parkwide fire danger is now HIGH

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Fire Danger sign at High

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

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News Release Date: July 24, 2023

Contact: Linda Veress, (307) 344-2015

  • On July 22, the first confirmed wildland fire of the season in Yellowstone National Park was detected by a visitor.
  • The .1-acre lightning-ignited fire was located between Little Cottonwood Creek and Hellroaring Mountain in the northern part of the park.
  • Four smokejumpers based in West Yellowstone, Montana, suppressed the fire and declared it out.
Stay informed
  • The parkwide fire danger level for Yellowstone is now HIGH.
  • Currently, there are no active wildland fires in the park.
  • Currently, there are no fire restrictions in place or planned in the park.
  • Campfires are only permitted within established fire rings in campgrounds and some backcountry campsites.
  • Campfires must always be attended and cold to the touch before abandoning. Soak, stir, feel, repeat.
  • 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: July 24, 2023

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