• Camarasus skull in the cliff face, rafters on the Green River, McKee Springs petroglyphs

    Dinosaur

    National Monument CO,UT

Split Top 1 Fire Update For August 29

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Date: August 29, 2008
Contact: Carla Beasley, (435) 781-7702

STATUS
Estimated Acres Burned: 420
Estimated Percent Contained: To Be Determined
Expected Full Containment: To Be Determined
Cause: Lightning
Date Started: August 25, 2008
Structures Threatened: None 

RESOURCES
Engines: 0
Helicopters: 1
Dozers: 0
Water Tenders: 0
Total Resources Assigned: 26

Current Situation: The fire is located approximately three miles north of the Utah temporary visitor’s center on the Dinosaur National Monument. Fire growth was minimal yesterday. Firefighters observed very little activity on the North and South. The fire continues to burn in grass, sage, and juniper in most of the area, with some Ponderosa Pine on the East side. The forecast calls for a weather system with the potential for cooler temperatures, high winds, and rainfall to move into the area late Saturday or Sunday.

Today’s Objectives: Firefighters and one helicopter will work on the north and western flanks of the fire to stop movement to the north and west. The fire is burning entirely within the Dinosaur National Monument boundaries. Minimum impact management techniques are being used to contain and confine the fire within the boundaries of the Monument.

Area Closures: None

Evacuations: There are no evacuation orders at this time.

Remarks: The fire may produce increased smoke during the heat of the day and may reduce visibility along the Island Park Road leading to Rainbow Park.

Additional Information: For information about fires on the Dinosaur National Monument please call (435) 781-7702. Additional information online at www.inciweb.org.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Photo of paleontologist Earl Douglass.

Paleontologist Earl Douglass first came to Utah looking for mammal fossils. He returned in 1909 and discovered an immense deposit of dinosaur bones, now protected at Dinosaur National Monument. Although made famous by dinosaurs, Douglass died preferring his beloved mammal fossils over dinosaurs.