Update - Two Top and Mosiquito Fires 10:30 AM Aug. 31, 2013
Incident: Two Top Fire Wildfire
Two new lightning caused fires were discovered on the Gallatin National Forest southwest of West Yellowstone, Montana, on Friday afternoon, August 30, 2013
The Two Top Fire is burning in heavy fuels along the Montana-Idaho state line. The initial response Friday included several smokejumpers, a wildland fire engine and multiple retardant drops by a engine air tanker. Additional smokejumpers and two hotshot crews will arrive later Saturday to aid in the suppression efforts. A bulldozer previously working on the nearby Mosquito Fire is being reassigned to the Two Top Fire. As of Saturday morning, the fire was estimated at 30 acres
The Mosquito Fire is located about 3 ½ miles northeast of the Two Top Fire. It is burning in a younger forest. Two wildland fire engines, a water tender and a bulldozer were used Friday to begin construction of fire line. About twenty buckets of water were dumped on the fire Friday by a Type 1 heavy helicopter, which along with a Type 2 medium helicopter is being shared with the Two Top Fire. A Type 2 hand crew will also work on the fire on Saturday. As of Saturday morning, there is a containment line completely around the 3 acre fire.
The Custer and Gallatin National Forests have temporarily closed some National Forest System lands around the two fires to the public. Detailed information will be posted along road and trail access points and will be available at the Hebgen Lake Ranger District office in West Yellowstone.
The closure order and a map of the closure area as well as any updated fire information will also be posted online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3714/.
These fires do not pose a threat to area residents or visitors. US-20, US-191 and US-287 are all open, as are all businesses in the communities of West Yellowstone, Montana, and Island Park, Idaho. There are no plans for the evacuation of West Yellowstone or Island Park. The West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is open.
Smoke from these fires is visible from West Yellowstone and Island Park as well as along portions of US-20. However, the haze over the area is due to upper air winds bringing smoke into the region from the Rim Fire in California.
The weather forecast calls for weekend high temperatures in the 80s, with sunny skies and light winds Saturday and Sunday and a chance for thunderstorms on Labor Day.