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Owl Fire Update - August 3

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Date: August 3, 2007
Contact: Joe Mazzeo, 617-697-6721
Contact: Catherine Hibbard, 406-646-0342



OWL FIRE UPDATE

Fire Information:

Information desk, 406-646-0342

Joe Mazzeo, 617-697-6721

Catherine Hibbard

Southern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team

Friday, August 3, 2007

8:00 AM

Location

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

Estimated Acreage

2,800 acres

Containment

75 percent

Cause and Date Started

Lightning, July 20

Resources on the Fire

20-person fire crews: 5 Helicopters: 2 Water tenders: 1 Overhead: 107 Camp Crews: 2 Total Personnel: 231

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

Yesterday reconnaissance flights flown at 11:00am & 1:00pm found little fire activity. An earlier infra-red flight (low level) found hot spots with little visible smoke. Crews were staged near their respective divisions.

Plans for today

Reconnaissance and mop up activities on the fire. Continued demobilization of resources and planning for incident transition.

Fire weather and behavior

Mostly cloudy in the morning. Becoming sunny in the afternoon with a chance of scattered 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.