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Yellowstone's wildfire season begins with two small fires

Posted at 4:39 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 18:39:11-04

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — A pair of small, lightning-caused wildfires have been reported in Yellowstone National Park.

According to a news release from park officials, the Sour Fire, located near the Mirror Plateau, was spotted by the park’s Mount Washburn Lookout on the afternoon of August 1. Precipitation fell on the fire shortly after detection and it has not been seen since.

The Soda Fire, located several hundred yards south of the Soda Butte formation in Lamar Valley, was reported by a visitor August 3, in the evening. Fire staff suppressed the fire due to its location.

Park officials say fire danger is HIGH in the park, but there are no fire restrictions in place currently. Visitors are urged to recreate responsibly. Campfires are only permitted in fire rings at campgrounds (due to COVID-19, four campgrounds are open) and at some, not all, backcountry campsites. All campfires must be cold to the touch before abandoning. Soak, stir, feel, repeat until cold.

Photo credit: NPS / Jacob W. Frank