Lightning ignites Yellowstone’s first fire of 2021
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: June 26, 2021
  • A visitor reported Yellowstone’s first wildland fire of the year on the evening of June 24.
  • The Elk Creek Fire, 0.1 acre in size, is located on a ridge south of Blacktail Drive and west of Petrified Tree in the northern part of the park.
  • This fire is being suppressed due to an unfavorable location this early in the fire season and is being immediately suppressed.
  • The parkwide fire danger level for Yellowstone is HIGH.
  • Currently, there are no fire restrictions. However, park staff is monitoring conditions and may put restrictions in place in the near future.
  • 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.
  • There are no photos of this fire.