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Owl Fire Fact Sheet for 07-28 8AM

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Date: July 28, 2007
Contact: Joe Mazzeo, (617) 697-6721 (cell)






Fire Information:

Joe Mazzeo



Southern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team


Saturday, July 28, 2007

8:00 AM




20 miles N/NE of West Yellowstone within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park


 Estimated Acreage

2,800 acres


15 percent

Cause and Date Started

Lightning, July 20


Resources on the Fire

20-person fire crews: 7   Helicopters: 2 Overhead: 71 Camp Crew: 1

Total Personnel:  227


USDA Forest Service, Park County, Gallatin County, West Yellowstone Fire Department

Restrictions and Closures

Some trails and backcountry campsites near the Owl Fire are temporarily closed. Details are available by calling the Yellowstone Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 during business hours.

Fire Management

Seven 20-person hand crews made progress by constructing approximately 2 miles of fire line yesterday.

Plans for today


Continue to construct containment lines and prepare for establishing a spike camp.

Fire weather and behavior

Following recent rainfall in the fire area fire behavior has been minimal. Little or no fire growth is expected today.

Warmer and dry conditons are expected over the weekend.

Increased smoke from fuels burning on the interior of the fire perimeter may be observed over the next couple of days


Other Fire Information

The fire is burning is steep, rugged terrain that is accessible only by trail or helicopter. It is in areas that were impacted by the 1988 fires and which contain heavy concentrations of standing and down snags.


Recorded Information

Additional information is available 24- hours a day by calling 307-344-2580 or on the web at  http://www.inciweb.org/incident/855





Did You Know?

Dog Hooked to Travois for Transporting Goods.

Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.