Columbine Fire Final Fact Sheet
Contact: Terina Mullen, 307-242-7649
Contact: 24-Hour Recording, 307-344-2580
Contact: Shoshone National Forest, 307-527-6921
COLUMBINE FIRE ** FINAL** Fact Sheet
Monday, August 20, 2007 9:00 a.m.
Yellowstone National Park Contact: (307) 344-2010
What: Wildland fire, lightning caused
Current size: 18,255 acres Containment: 2 %
Yesterday’s Activities: The fire area received an inch and a half of rain over the last three days. Fire behavior was minimal, with some smoldering reported. Decrease in acreage due to more accurate mapping. "Hotshot" crews completed mop-up work on the two hot spots along the road east of Sylvan Pass near Middle Creek. Demobilization of excess resources continued.
Resources on Fire: The number of firefighters on the incident is 125. Resources assigned include 1 helicopter, 4 engines and 1 water tender.
Today’s Strategy: Transition to the local Type III organization will begin today; personnel will "shadow" the current organization. Transfer of command will occur August 21st at 6:00 a.m. Current resources will patrol and monitor the fire’s edge. Columns of smoke may be visible in the future, as pockets of fuel dry out and burn.
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.
Restrictions & Closures: Fire restrictions are in effect in Yellowstone National Park. Wood fires and charcoal grills are not allowed. 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 in the backcountry. Wood fires and charcoal grills will be allowed in the front country of the park only in designated fire rings or grates at picnic areas and in developed campgrounds. Smoking is permitted only inside vehicles, on sidewalks, in gravel or paved parking areas and in developed campgrounds. 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?
You cannot fish from Fishing Bridge. Until 1973 this was a very popular fishing location since the bridge crossed the Yellowstone River above a cutthroat trout spawning area. It is now a popular place to observe fish.