Yellowstone Fire Danger Shifts To High, New Fire Starts

Aug 19, 2019

A small lightning-caused fire started Sunday in Yellowstone National Park as fire danger shifted from moderate to high.

The 0.1-acre Carnelian Fire was detected about one mile west of Dunraven Pass. It’s smoldering in an area that last burned in 1988.

Fire crews are monitoring the Carnelian and the 30-acre Pollux Fire burning on the eastern side of the park. Four other fires that started in Yellowstone earlier this year are no longer active.

With fire danger considered high, park officials ask visitors to make sure all campfires are cold to the touch before abandoning. Campfires are only permitted within established fire rings in campgrounds and some backcountry campsites.