The Gibbon fire was discovered at 0900 Tuesday, July 26 by a research overflight. It is located on Yellowstone National Park's Central Plateau approximately 2 miles south of Gibbon Falls and 3 miles southeast of Madison Junction.
It received .35 inches of rain on Thursday, August 25 which has significantly reduced fire activity. However, a small smoke column may be visible at times from the Grand Loop Road between Gibbon Falls and Madison Junction.
This fire is being treated as a managed wildland fire for multiple objectives including protection of people and property, natural resource benefit, and the safe and effective use of available wildland fire management resources.
Fire danger in Yellowstone is currently VERY HIGH.
|Date of Origin||Tuesday July 26th, 2011 approx. 09:00 AM|
|Incident Commander||John Cataldo|
Lodgepole Pine - mature and regen
The duff layer is smoldering and creeping until mid day and then open flame as long as the sun remains on the spot. The carrier of the fire is primarily the 100 hour (1 to 3 inch diameter) and 1000 hour (3 to 8 inch diameter) fuels and when they have sufficiently pre-heated the lower canopy, some single tree torching of small trees occurs. The fire activity picks up around 1400 each day and begins to die down by 1600.
The Gibbon Fire is being monitored from the remote camera atop Mt. Holmes almost on an hourly basis. Yellowstone Wildland Fire Crews have been visiting the site weekly to gather rates of spread, fuels data and rainfall amounts from the rain gauge placed near the fire. The fire is approximately 6 acres after 6 weeks of burning. A bobcat with a masticating head has arrived and is enroute to the fire area. In order to be proactive with an anticipated increase in fire behavior in the next few days, pumps, hoses and sprinklers are being pre-positioned along the powerline clearing near the fire site. Once a right of way was been opened up, water moving equipment will be installed.
The fire is on a west aspect with a MODERATE to HIGH potential for spread as there are continuous fuels in the immediate vicinity of the fire and in the likely direction of fire spread.
Moderate - 7,700 feet elevation.
|Wind Conditions||7 mph S|