Two Top Fire Morning Update- Wed September 4, 2013
Incident: Two Top Fire Wildfire
Two Top Fire Fire Update Tuesday, September 4, 2013 Morning
Contact: Marianne Baumberger (406) 579-3732
DATE OF DETECTION: Friday, August 30, 2013 CAUSE: Lightning
CURRENT SIZE: Approximately 137 acres CONTAINMENT: 50 %
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: 1-large helicopter, 3 medium helicopters, and 1 light helicopter; 176 firefighters and support personnel. Pecos Zone Type 3 Team from New Mexico is supporting firefighting efforts.
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: Despite afternoon sunshine and warmer temperatures, little smoke was seen from West Yellowstone again today. Crews continued progression on digging fire line along the north flank of the fire. Fire fighters working in the heavy timber and steep terrain are slowly and methodically making head way on containment. A small fire camp north of West Yellowstone has been set up to support the firefighting efforts. As of Tuesday evening the fire is 50% contained and 137 acres. Last night’s thunderstorms brought lightning as well as rain to the area.
TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Firefighters will again continue fire line construction and begin seeking out any remaining heat within the perimeter. The air resources will support ground crews as needed again today. The sun with little wind in the afternoons actually helps the crews to discover small smokes from areas of heat. Montana Department of Transportation will be assisting the team by putting up reminder signs to watch for firefighter traffic turning into the camp. Please be cautious along Highway 191 north of West Yellowstone across from the Rainbow Point turn out.
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.
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.
Smoke from the Two Top Fire at times can be visible from West Yellowstone and Island Park as well as along portions of US-20.
For further information, go to: http://www.inciweb.org/