Columbine Fire Fact Sheet for August 13
Contact: Terina Mullen, 307-242-7649
Contact: Jill Cobb, 307-242-7649
Contact: Tom Rhode, 307-242-7649
COLUMBINE FIRE FACT SHEET
Monday, August 13, 2007 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Public Information Officers Terina Mullen, Jill Cobb and Tom Rhode
What: Wildland fire, lightning caused
Current size: 7,000 acres Containment: 0%
Yesterday’s Activities: Fire operations specialists assessed the fire and developed suppression strategies. A helicopter dropped water on a spot fire until intense fire behavior ruled the efforts ineffective. The East Entrance Road was closed from the Gate to the Pelican Creek barricade for public safety. A reconnaissance flight at 8:30 p.m. reported the fire between ¼ and ½ mile south of Sylvan Pass and approximately three air miles from the park’s eastern boundary.
Resources on Fire: The number of firefighters assigned to the incident is 33.
Today’s Strategy: Fire managers will continue to work with local cooperators to assess structure protection needs along the park’s eastern boundary. The closure of the East Gate Road will be reevaluated. Fire weather could prove challenging for firefighters, with 25 to 30 mph southwest winds, 80 degree temperatures and relative humidity of 20 to 25% predicted.
Special Messages: Firefighter and public safety is always the #1 priority on any fire incident. Visitors to the park need to be especially mindful of the increased traffic in the Fishing Bridge Area. With the exception of the East Gate entrance, all other entrances to Yellowstone Park are open.
Prevention Messages: Fire restrictions are in effect in Yellowstone National Park. Wood fires and charcoal grills will be allowed only in designated fire rings or grates at picnic areas, developed campgrounds and at some backcountry campsites. Portable camp stoves and lanterns which use white gas, kerosene, compressed gas or similar fuels and sheepherder-type stoves with spark arrester screens may be used at picnic areas, developed campgrounds and in the backcountry. Smoking is permitted only inside vehicles, on sidewalks, in gravel or paved parking areas, in developed campgrounds, immediately adjacent to backcountry fire rings and in designated smoking areas inside buildings. Fireworks are prohibited in the Park and on all surrounding National Forest lands.
Stage I Fire Restrictions are in place on adjacent lands administered by the Shoshone National Forest. Campfires are allowed only in designated recreation sites. Smoking is restricted to vehicles, buildings and areas void of vegetation.
For further fire information, visit: www.inciweb.org
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.