Yellowstone: 25 Years Since Historic Wildfire and how US Forest Service in Virginia Keeps Us Safe from Wildfires

This summer has been plagued by wildfires in parts of the west coast, and the continuous dry conditions aren't helping.

But this year marks 25 years since one of the worst wildfires in history.

Wildfires roared in Yellowstone National Park for months during the summer of 1988.

It was the first time a National Park was threatened by fire.

Today, August 20th, was known as black Saturday when the fire doubled in size.

According to the National Park Service, Thirty six percent of the park burned that summer.

But it was a lesson to many.

Because of years of fire suppression., there was so much fuel and dead timber. That helped contribute to the massive Yellowstone fire.

Jay Collett with the U.S. Forest Service knows that every fire is different.

But it can help the forest as long as fire stays away from areas where people live.

Collett says, "That's our number one priority, life and property."

As long as a wildfire is not threatening homes or lives there are several benefits.

Collett says, "Fire can really do a lot of good things out here. It can clean up a lot of the dead and down fuels. It's very important for wildlife, the herbaceous growth that comes back after a fire has moved through an area is very beneficial."

Virginia has a spring and a fall wildfire season.

Just because we've seen plenty of rain this summer, doesn't mean that a wildfire won't happen

Collett says, "We could have a very wet summer, but if we don't get the precipitation when the leaves start to fall off trees in the fall, we could still be in for a fall fire season."

The fall fire season starts in the middle of October.