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In an average year approximately 24 fires are ignited in Yellowstone by lightning.

About 83% of naturally ignited fires in Yellowstone never reach more than 0.5 hectare (1.2 acre) in size. 

About 94% of fires in Yellowstone never burn more than 40 hectares (100 acres).

In Yellowstone, on average, fires are detected at 3:03 in the afternoon-- fires burn most vigorously during the heat of the day, causing tall smoke plumes to be seen by fire lookouts or sharp-eyed park visitors.

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