The fire danger in Yellowstone National Park has been increased from moderate to high.
According to a Yellowstone press release, although there are no fires currently burning in the park, visitors (especially campers interested in using any the park’s fire rings or grills) should be extra cautious.
The fire danger in Yellowstone was first upgraded to “moderate” earlier this month.
The news comes as crews battle June Fire 13 miles east of Yellowstone in Shoshone National Forest. According to Inciweb, crews and planes have been making headway on the fire, dumping 94,560 gallons of water on the northeastern perimeter and safely dropping 14,151 pounds of cargo for firefighting personnel. Smoke was visible along U.S. Highway 14/16/20.
As of writing, June Fire has not grown from its previously reported size of 1,938 acres. From Inciweb:
A cold front is expected over the area this afternoon producing thunderstorms with gusty outflow winds. There is potential for precipitation, however fire activity may increase due to the gusty winds. Crews will continue to build fireline in the Elk Fork drainage and monitor the western and southern fire perimeters.
Travelers along Highway 14/16/20 are reminded to be aware of fire vehicles and equipment. Please use caution when driving in these areas.
The cause of June Fire is unknown and under investigation.