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Two lightning caused wildfires reported in Yellowstone

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CASPER, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park said on Wednesday, Aug. 5 that wildfire season has begun in the park with two small fires reported.

Both fires were caused by lightning, according to the park.

“The Sour Fire, located near the Mirror Plateau, was spotted by the park’s Mount Washburn Lookout on the afternoon of August 1,” Yellowstone said. “Precipitation fell on the fire shortly after detection and it has not been seen since.”

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“The Soda Fire, located several hundred yards south of the Soda Butte formation in Lamar Valley, was reported by a visitor August 3, in the evening. Fire staff suppressed the fire due to its location.”

Yellowsone reports that fire danger is high in the park. No fire restrictions are currently in effect.

“Visitors: please recreate responsibly,” Yellowstone said. “Campfires are only permitted in fire rings at campgrounds (due to COVID-19, four campgrounds are open) and at some, not all, backcountry campsites. All campfires must be cold to the touch before abandoning. Soak, stir, feel, repeat until cold.”

“Stay informed about current fire activity in Yellowstone.”