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Owl Fire Update August 2

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Date: August 2, 2007
Contact: Joe Mazzeo, 617-697-6721
Contact: Catherine Hibbard, 406-646-0342

Fire Information:
Information desk, 406-646-0342
Joe Mazzeo, 617-697-6721
Catherine Hibbard

Southern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team

Thursday, August 2, 2007

8:00 AM





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


 Estimated Acreage

2,800 acres


60 percent

Cause and Date Started

Lightning, July 20


Resources on the Fire

20-person fire crews: 11  Helicopters: 2  Water tenders: 1 Overhead: 115 Camp Crews: 2 Total Personnel:  371


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

Yesterday firefighters made good progress cold trailing, constructing and mopping up. Approximately 5 miles of fire line remain to be constructed. Smoldering and some open flame were observed yesterday.

The Type 1 helicopter was released yesterday. A demobilization plan has been drafted and a glide path for the release of some non-critical resources has been completed.

Plans for today


Cold trailing, direct line construction and mop up will continue on all divisions as necessary.

Fire weather and behavior

Mostly sunny in the morning. Becoming cloudy in the afternoon with numerous showers and thunderstorms developing. Winds will be light in the morning, increasing to 10-15 MPH in the afternoon. Erratic wind gusts over 30 MPH are possible near any storms. Minimal fire behavior is expected.

Other Fire Information

The Daly Creek Trail has been reopened for day use only.


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

Change in Fire Updates

Owl Fire Updates will be issued once per day in the morning unless fire activity increases,

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.