WPR News
8:44 am
Thu June 14, 2007

Yellowstone Could Face Tough Fire Season

Laramie, WY – Yellowstone National Park has already seen a few small wild fires this year - and it's not even fire season yet. Park spokesman Al Nash says Yellowstone is drier than last year, and that might mean a bad fire season ahead.

"We've already had two lightning starts, the earliest was in mid-April, which is the earliest fire start we have on record," Nash said.

The park's fire season starts in mid-July. Nash says the vast majority of fires in Yellowstone are started by lightning, not by people, thanks largely to education campaigns.