The wildfire is under the management of Paul Kollmeyer's Type 2 Incident Management Team. The Low Gap Fire is burning on Mark Twain National Forest lands near Centerville, Missouri. The wildfire is 93 acres in size.
The wildfire is burning in heavy fuels resulting from a 2009 severe storm event that had hurricane-like winds.
This windstorm - called a "Derecho" - toppled over 100,000 acres of timber across the Ozarks. The "Derecho" had hurrican force winds, and left a mass of dead timber lying on the ground. This heavy mass creates problems in establishing containment lines, and required a different tactical approach. The heavy fuel load present does not allow for traditional equipment, such as small dozers, to work in this fuel type. Firefighters must find - or build - paths through the blown down timber.
Crews are patrolling containment lines and completing mop up 100 feet insides of these lines. Rehabilitation of containment lines was initiated yesterday (July 9). Transfer of command back to the Mark Twain National Forest will occur tomorrow afternoon (July 11). This will be the last update provided by the Incident Management Team. For further information on the Low Gap fFre, or other fires on the Mark Twain National Forest, visit the Forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf or call 573-341-7436.
|Date of Origin||Wednesday July 04th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||4 miles north of Centerville, MO|
|Incident Commander||Paul Kollmeyer|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday July 08th, 2012 approx. 06:00 PM|
Hardwood litter and heavy slash from a Derecho wind event. Fuel most resembles Fuel Model 13. Fuel beds range from 1 to 4 feet deep. This wind event carried almost hurricane force winds. Extreme fuel loading presents resistance to control. The heavy fuel load created by the Derecho does not allow for traditional equipment , such as smaller dozers and engines to work in this fuel type.
Low fire behavior. The fire is smoldering, but well within the interior.
Mop-up of the perimeter continues. REhabilitation was initiated where it could be done without compromising containment lines.
The fire has been placed in patrol status. Demobilization of assigned resources is progressing.
Growth potential is low.
This will be the last update until a significant change in conditions occurs. Transfer of command back to the Mark Twain National Forest will occur tomorrow (July 11) afternoon.
|Wind Conditions||6 mph NE|