Two Top Fire Update- September 5, 2013- Morning
Incident: Two Top Fire Wildfire
Two Top Fire
Thursday, September 5, 2013 Morning
Contact: Marianne Baumberger (406) 579-3732
FIRE NAME: Two Top Fire DATE OF DETECTION: Friday, August 30, 2013
CAUSE: Lightning CURRENT SIZE: Approximately 137 acres CONTAINMENT: 60 %
LOCATION: The fire is located on the Continental Divide northwest of Reas Pass. It is approximately 8 air miles from the town of West Yellowstone. AGENCY: Gallatin National Forest and Caribou-Targhee National Forest
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1-large helicopter, 1 medium helicopter, and 1 light helicopter; 192 firefighters and support personnel
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. The West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is open.
FREE FIRE CAMP TOUR –TONIGHT at 5 p.m.: Camp is located 5 miles north of West Yellowstone, on Hwy 191. Follow signs to “Incident Base”. You’ll see how where the fire managers work, where firefighters “live”, who cooks for them and get a fire situation update.
YESTERDAY’S FIRE ACTIVITY: Despite afternoon sunshine and warm temperatures, little smoke was seen from West Yellowstone again yesterday. The warm weather allowed fire fighters to find hot spots in the fire and put them out. helicopters dropped three buckets of water on hot spots. Crews continued making progress digging fire line along the north flank of the fire. Fire fighters working in heavy timber and steep terrain are slowly and methodically making headway on containment. The fire did very little spreading Wednesday, however hot areas in the interior of the fire perimeter continued to ignite trees and other vegetation. Fire managers were busy overseeing additional resources that have arrived to support the good headway that has been made to suppress the fire. A small fire camp north of West Yellowstone has been set up to support the firefighting activities.
TODAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will again be using the cool cloudy weather to continue fire line construction and mop up along constructed lines. There are 3helicopters available to assist with delivering supplies to the firefighters and getting water on the fire to cool it. The air resources will support ground crews as needed. These resources are especially helpful to slow the fires spread and cool areas of heat. The Pecos Type 3 Incident Management team from New Mexico has come to help the Ranger District support the fire fighters and air resources.
FIRE WEATHER: Thursday is expected to be a partly cloudy day with a chance of thunderstorms and rain. Temperatures will be in the in the 70’s with minimum humidity at the fire area to be 34-39%. Winds are expected to be 5- 25 mph.
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION: The Forest Service has temporarily closed Forest System lands around the Two Top Fire and the contained Mosquito Fire. 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/ and also at the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce and the various pullouts along Highway 20. The Gallatin National Forest currently is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. For more information please go to www.firerestrictions.us. The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is not in fire restrictions.
For further information, go to: http://www.inciweb.org/