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Owl Fire Fact Sheet for 07-28 8PM

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Date: July 28, 2007
Contact: Joe Mazzeo, (406) 646-0343
Contact: Jan Ulrich
Contact: Catherine Hibbard

                                                 

 

OWL FIRE UPDATE

 

Fire Information:

Information desk, 406-646-0343

Joe Mazzeo, 617-697-6721

Jan Ulrich

Catherine Hibbard

 

Southern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team

 

Saturday, July 28, 2007

8:00 PM

 

Location

 

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

 

 Estimated Acreage

2,800 acres

Containment

18 percent

Cause and Date Started

Lightning, July 20

 

Resources on the Fire

20-person fire crews: 13   Helicopters: 2 Overhead: 120 Camp Crews: 2

Total Personnel:  402

Cooperators

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

Two more miles of fire line were constructed today by twelve 20-person hand crews. The fire was smoldering in areas of heavy concentration of fuels. Workers began stocking a spike camp to place firefighters closer to the fire perimeter and save travel time to the fire area. Based on recent weather patterns (48 hours of rain showers) and continued patterns of a similar nature, the fire plan was updated to reflect a direct containment strategy. If critical resources are filled, the chosen management strategy should succeed within 20 days.

Plans for tomorrow

 

Firefighters will continue direct and indirect fire line construction.  Preparation and occupation of the spike camp will be completed. 

Fire weather and behavior

Typical hot, dry weather with decreasing relative humidity is predicted for tomorrow. There is a slight chance for increased fire activity.

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?

Summer Crowd at Old Faithful.

At peak summer levels, 3,500 employees work for Yellowstone National Park concessioners and about 800 work for the National Park Service.