Two Top Fire - September 6, 2013 Morning Update
Incident: Two Top Fire Wildfire
FIRE NAME: Two Top Fire DATE OF DETECTION: Friday August 30 2013
CAUSE: Lightning CURRENT SIZE: 148 acres (11 acre increase due to more accurate mapping) CONTAINMENT: 70 % 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. Very little smoke has been seen since Wednesday.
Third and fourth graders from West Yellowstone visited the Incident helibase yesterday. They enjoyed the opportunity to meet the helicopter pilots climb aboard the ships and visit with local wildland firefighters (see the photographs link). Last night the Pecos Type 3 Incident Management team from New Mexico enjoyed the enthusiasm and curiosity of community members that took part in the fire camp tour.
YESTERDAY’S FIRE ACTIVITY: There was no growth on the Two Top Fire on Thursday but the official size has increased by 11 acres. The team was able to use GPS to more accurately capture that information. Crews were able to strengthen perimeter lines and continued making progress digging fire line along the north flank of the fire. Interior islands of vegetation continued to burn generally smoldering and creeping along the ground with occasional tree catching fire. Fire fighters working in heavy timber and steep terrain are methodically making headway on containment.
TODAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue yesterday’s activities getting closer to full containment. There are three helicopters available and several crews continue working. Rehabilitation efforts will also be started today by repairing and improving areas affected by the fire. Examples of rehabilitation include erosion control and clearing fallen trees.
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 area closure is still in effect due to firefighter traffic and public safety concerns. 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 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.