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Columbine Fire Fact Sheet for August 15

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Date: August 15, 2007
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2012

COLUMBINE FIRE FACT SHEET

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Public Information Officer Terina Mullen
Phone: (307) 242-7649

The East Entrance Road into Yellowstone has been closed due to increased fire activity.

What: Wildland fire, lightning caused

Started: August 9, 2007 6:00 p.m.

Location: 46 miles southeast of Mammoth, Yellowstone National Park

Jurisdiction: Yellowstone National Park

Cooperating Agencies: Yellowstone National Park, Shoshone National Forest, Cody Rural FD, Park County Sheriff.

Incident Commander & Team: A Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT), under Incident Commander Mark Grant assumed command as of 8:00 a.m. August 12, 2007.

Current size: 12,000 acres     Containment: 0%

Yesterday’s Activities: The East Entrance Road was closed due to increased fire activity and safety concerns. Fire activity picked up in the afternoon, with drier conditions and gusty winds. Single tree and group tree torching occurred near the fire perimeter on the northern flank. The fire moved to the southeast, pushed by the gusty winds. Helicopters were used for water bucket drops and reconnaissance flights. Fire operations specialists assessed structure protection needs along the eastern boundary of the Park and further east along the north fork corridor. Yesterday’s increase in growth not yet reflected in the current size.

Resources on Fire: The number of firefighters assigned to the incident is 110. Resources assigned include one crew, one helicopter, eight engines and one water tender.

Today’s Strategy: The East Entrance Road closure will be reassessed. Fire managers will continue to work with local cooperators to assess structure protection needs along the Park’s eastern boundary. Helicopters will be utilized to drop water in order to check the spread of fire beyond the Park boundary. The weather forecast calls for cooler temperatures and gusty winds from the west. Fire behavior is again expected to be active.

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.

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.

Fire restrictions on adjacent lands administered by the Shoshone National Forest have been lifted. No fire restrictions are in place.

For further fire information, visit: www.inciweb.org

Did You Know?

Bear Cubs

Even though the animals of Yellowstone seem tame they are still wild. Feeding the animals is not permitted in any way, and all visitors must keep 100 yards away from wolves and bears, and 25 yards from other animals.