The current Yellowstone fire danger has been upgraded to high after hot and dry weather, with a new fire — the Bacon Rind Fire — emerging just outside the Park’s western boundary, in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness area.
The fire is estimated at about 25 acres, which includes several spots within a 50-acre perimeter. It was caused by a lightning strike on July 16. Visitors are able to see smoke from the Bacon Rind Fire from Highway 191, near mile marker 42 (twenty miles south of Big Sky), between Bacon Rind and Snowslide Creeks. The fire is two miles west of Highway 191. Right now the situation is being monitored both by fire officials from the Custer Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park.
We’re seeing dry conditions across Montana and Wyoming, leading officials to raise the Yellowstone fire danger to high. Currently, there are no fire restrictions in the park, but officials are recommended plenty of care with campfire Safety: Campfires are only permitted in fire rings at campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. Campfires must be extinguished and cold to touch after use.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.