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Yellowstone: Fire Danger Now High; New Wildfire Nearby In Montana

Custer Gallatin National Forest
Custer Gallatin National Forest

Yellowstone National Park has declared the parkwide fire danger level is now high, up from moderate just a few days ago, according to a news release.

Meanwhile, a new wildland fire has started near the park border in Montana.

In the park itself, there are no fire restrictions.

But park officials again remind visitors that campfires are only permitted in fire rings at campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. Campfires must be extinguished and cold to touch after use.

Read more about current conditions in Yellowstone on its website.

On the western edge of the park, the lightning-ignited Bacon Rind Fire is burning in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness area in the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

The fire is about two miles west of U.S. Highway 191 near mile marker 42 between Bacon Rind and Snowslide creeks.

As of Monday morning, the fire does not threaten the highway, but smoke is visible from it.

The fire was detected about 8 p.m. Friday and continues to burn above the Gallatin Canyon about 20 miles south of Big Sky, Mont.

The fire is estimated at about 25 acres within a 60-acre perimeter, Custer Gallatin National Forest spokeswoman Marianne Baumberger said Monday.

The fire is not threatening any structures at this time.

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