Thursday, August 7, 2008

Update on fires in the Yellowstone & Cody areas

Gunbarrel fire

The fire, 40 miles west of Cody, WY and about 6 miles east of Yellowstone, was relatively quiet on Wednesday, thanks to lower temperatures and higher humidities. A burnout planned for Wednesday evening was canceled due to the reduced rate of spread of the fire. Firefighters used the opportunity to construct firelines around structures and install sprinkler systems. Similar weather conditions are expected for today. The most current map available from the incident management team is HERE, but InciWeb has been intermittent today.

The fire is 34,770 acres and has 343 personnel assigned.

LeHardy fire

There is no new information available about this fire in Yellowstone NP north of Yellowstone Lake. The fire has burned 8,950 acres according to the last information from the park. We will update this post later today if needed.

But here is a cool picture from the fire of a helicopter dropping on what looks like a spot fire. Click on it to see a larger version.

Photo Steve Cory, Casper Star Tribune

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