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Owl Fire Fact Sheet for July 31

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Date: August 1, 2007
Contact: Joe Mazzeo, 617-697-6721
Contact: Jan Ulrich, 406-646-0342
Contact: Catherine Hibbard, 406-646-0342


Today 12 handcrews were assigned to the fire line constructing direct handline for perimeter control in divisions B, C, D and G. Weather conditions limited fire growth and was conducive to line construction. Little fire activity is expected for the next 24 hours.

All visitor services, park entrances and roads are open. Some trails and backcountry campsites are temporarily closed.

Tony Wilder's Southern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team took over the Owl Fire Wednesday morning..

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildland Fire 
Cause Lightning 
Date of Origin 07/20/2007 at 1215 hrs. 
Location North of the MT/WY state line, near Specimen Ck, & about 3 mi E of US-191 
Incident Commander Tony Wilder 

Current Situation

Total Personnel 410 
Size 2,810 acres 
Percent Contained 35% 
Estimated Containment Date 09/20/2007 at hrs. 
Fuels Involved

Lodgepole pine and spruce-fir forest

Fire Behavior

Increased burning in unburned pockets of fuels and continued smoldering and some open flame in concentrations of 100 and 1000 hour fuels

Significant Events

Spike camp preparation was completed and occupied by 72 firefighters at Specimen Creek,completed 2 additional miles of direct line.


Planned Actions

Division E on the east side of the fire will be staffed for the first time with 2 crews conducting cold trailing and line construction where necessary. Cold trailing, direct handline construction and mop up, up to 300' in, will continue on all divisions as necessary

Projected Movement

Increased relative humidity, cooler temperatures and scattered afternoon showers will moderate fire behavior. Hotter, dryer and windy condititions with a chance of isolated thunderstorms will increase fire activity. The fire could move N & NE and could be expected to threaten the Sky Rim Trail

Growth Potential


Terrain Difficulty


Containment Target

If critical resources are filled, the choosen management strategy should succeed within 7 to 10 days.


This report will be updated once a day unless fire activity increases.


Current Wind Conditions Not available 
Current Temperature Not available 
Current Humidity Not available 

Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.