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Beach Fire Morning Update - 07/26/10

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avatar Small Fire Burning In Central Yellowstone
July 19, 2010 10:38AM
Firefighters are working to suppress a small fire located near the center of Yellowstone National Park. The Beach Fire was discovered Sunday morning by an aircraft conducting a research flight. It is in an area of alpine fir, about two miles south of Beach Lake and seven miles west-southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground. The fire is estimated at one-half acre. It is not known what started the fire. Due to several factors including location, fuel, and weather conditions, firefighters are working to suppress the fire.

The fire danger in Yellowstone National Park is “Moderate”. The National Weather Service is calling for warm daytime temperatures and isolated showers and thunderstorms with gusty winds into the early part of the week. No roads, campgrounds, or trails are closed because of this fire. It poses no threat to visitors.

This is the fourth fire this year in Yellowstone. The Doane Fire, east of Yellowstone Lake and south of the East Entrance road, has been quiet for several days since it was discovered within the perimeter of the 2007 Columbine Fire on July 11. It remains one-quarter acre.

Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area’s natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources.

When updated information on the Beach Fire is available, it will be posted to the web at http://inciweb.org/ and available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2580.
avatar Beach Fire Update
July 19, 2010 10:39AM
July 18, 2010 – 9:00 p.m.
BEACH FIRE

Reported: Sunday morning, July 18, 2010
Location: 7 miles west southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground
Cause: Undetermined
Current Size: 150 acres – 0% Contained


- Today’s Activities -

The Beach Fire was discovered Sunday morning by an aircraft conducting a research flight. It started in an area of alpine fir, about two miles south of Beach Lake and seven miles west-southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground.

Due to several factors including location, fuel, and weather conditions, the decision was made Sunday morning to suppress the fire. Sunday afternoon, gusty thunderstorm winds caused the fire to move into the crowns and spread.

Two helicopters from the Gallatin National Forest, an air tanker from Helena, Montana, and a second airtanker from Pocatello, Idaho, were called in to augment Yellowstone National Park firefighters and the park’s contract helicopter in their efforts to suppress the fire.

- Monday’s Strategies-

The three helicopters and two air tankers will resume their suppression efforts Monday morning, and will be joined by the Helena Hotshots and the Lewis & Clark Hotshots. They will work to direct the fire into meadows and toward the west side of last year’s Arnica Fire.

- Monday’s Weather Forecast -

The forecast calls for a chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms with gusty west winds, high temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s, and humidity dropping Monday afternoon to 18-24 percent.

- Park Impacts -

There are no roads, trails, or campsites closed due to the Beach Fire. It poses no threat to park visitors. Smoke may be visible at times during periods of active burning.

Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area’s natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources.

- Updated Information -

Updates are available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2025/.
avatar Beach Fire Update: July 19, 2010 – 1:00 p.m.
July 19, 2010 03:59PM
July 19, 2010 – 1:00 p.m.

BEACH FIRE
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Reported: Sunday morning, July 18, 2010
Location: 7 miles west southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground
Cause: Undetermined
Current Size: 150 acres – 0% Contained


- Today’s Activities -

The fire grew very little over night and again this afternoon gusty thunderstorm winds are expected to progress across the area. The increased afternoon winds associated with the thunderstorms will most likely continue to move the fire into the crowns of the trees and cause it to spread. Helicopters will continue to cool the hottest spots of the fire with water bucket drops as crews. The Helena Hot Shots arrived this morning to join the firefighting efforts.

Due to several factors including location, fuel, and weather conditions, the decision was made Sunday morning to suppress the fire.

As the start of the fire season in Yellowstone National Park coincides with the peak visitation season in the park, fire managers will try to be respectful of the impacts that large fires and smoke have on our visitors. Visitors should expect more fire starts as the season progresses and fuels continue to dry. The park is at moderate fire danger at this time and visitors are reminded to be careful while enjoying the park.

Two helicopters from the Gallatin National Forest, an air tanker from Helena, Montana, and a second air tanker from Pocatello, Idaho, were called in to augment Yellowstone National Park firefighters and the park’s contract helicopter in their efforts to suppress the fire.

The Beach Fire was discovered Sunday morning by an aircraft conducting a research flight. It started in an area of alpine fir, about two miles south of Beach Lake and seven miles west-southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground.

- Monday’s Strategies-

The three helicopters and two air tankers will resume their suppression efforts Monday morning, and will be joined by the Helena Hotshots and the Lewis & Clark Hotshots. They will work to direct the fire into meadows and toward the west side of last year’s Arnica Fire.

- Monday’s Weather Forecast -

The forecast calls for a chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms with gusty west winds, high temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s, and humidity dropping Monday afternoon to 18-24 percent.

- Park Impacts -

There are no roads, trails, or campsites closed due to the Beach Fire. It poses no threat to park visitors. Smoke may be visible at times during periods of active burning.

Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area’s natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources.
avatar Re: Small Fire Burning In Central Yellowstone
July 20, 2010 02:16PM
July 20, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.


BEACH FIRE
----------------

Reported: Sunday morning, July 18, 2010
Location: 7 miles west southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground
Current Size: 385 acres – 20% Contained
Cause: Undetermined

The Beach Fire was discovered Sunday morning by an aircraft conducting a research flight. It started in an area of sub-alpine fir, about two miles south of Beach Lake and seven miles west-southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground.

- Monday’s Activities -

On Monday the fire continued to torch and actively burn in isolated spots with in the perimeter of the fire. Fire crews walked the perimeter on Monday and got a better determination of the size. The acreage of the perimeter around the fire has been determined to be 385 acres, This was due to ground mapping. Over night the fire had little growth and was held by the retardant line on the west side of the fire.

- Tuesday’s Strategies -

Fire fighters and air craft will continue to direct the fire toward meadows within the perimeter of last year’s Arnica Fire. They will begin digging fire line on the southern and western sides of the fire extending out from the 2009 previously burned Arnica Fire.

- Tuesday’s Weather Forecast -

Weather continues to be warm and dry today becoming partly cloudy later in the afternoon. Temperatures will range from 66-74 degrees with minimum relative humidity ranging from 16-22%. There is a chance of isolated showers/thundershowers late this afternoon and evening that may bring lesser winds than yesterday, gusting up to 10 mph.

- Park Impacts -

There are no roads, trails, or campsites closed due to the Beach Fire. It poses no threat to park visitors. Smoke may be visible at times during periods of active burning.

As the start of the fire season in Yellowstone National Park coincides with the peak visitation season in the park, fire managers will try to be respectful of the impacts that large fires and smoke have on our visitors. Visitors should expect more fire starts as the season progresses and fuels continue to dry. The park is at moderate fire danger at this time and visitors are reminded to be careful while enjoying the park.

Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area’s natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources.

- Updated Information -

When actively burning, smoke from the fire may be visible from the Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam at http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. Updates are available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2025/ and http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm.
avatar Re: Small Fire Burning In Central Yellowstone
July 21, 2010 12:18AM
BEACH FIRE
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Reported: Sunday morning, July 18, 2010
Location: 7 miles west southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground
Current Size: 500 acres – 20% Contained
Total Personnel: 168
Cause: Undetermined

The Beach Fire was discovered Sunday morning by an aircraft conducting a research flight. It started in an area of subalpine fir, about two miles south of Beach Lake and seven miles west-southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground.

This fire is burning in the backcountry several miles away from any roads trails, campgrounds, and lodging. All park roads, entrances and facilities are open. No trails or backcountry campsites are impacted by the fire. When actively burning, smoke from the Beach Fire may be visible for several miles.

- Tuesday’s Activities -

Three 20-person “hotshot” crews and two 20-person Type 2 hand crews worked to build containment line along the west and southern flanks of the Beach Fire on Tuesday. They were aided by water drops from helicopters and retardant drops from air tankers. The fire slowly moved to the north and east Tuesday afternoon when small spot fires repeatedly ignited new groups of standing live trees and downed logs. The crews continue to camp out in the backcountry near the southwest corner of the fire.

Due to the increasing complexity of the organization assigned to firefighting efforts, Yellowstone National Park has asked Incident Commander Jess Secrest and his Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team to take over management of the Beach Fire. Team members will arrive in the park Wednesday, and are expected to begin directing firefighting efforts Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

- Wednesday’s Strategies -

A fourth 20-person hot shot crew which was diverted Tuesday afternoon to the Slough Creek Fire in the northeast section of the park will join the other five crews already on the fire line, building control line along the west and southern flanks of the firefighters, aided by water drops from helicopters.

- Wednesday’ Weather Forecast -

The forecast continues to call for warm and dry conditions and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, with daytime highs ranging from the upper 60s to the mid 70s, with the humidity dropping to 16 to 22 percent Wednesday afternoon. By afternoon winds are expected to be out of the southwest at 10 miles an hour with higher gusts possible. The fire danger in the park is “Moderate”.

- Updated Information -

When actively burning, smoke from the fire may be visible from the Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam at http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. Updates are available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2025/ and http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm.

- Fire in Yellowstone -

Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area’s natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources. The Beach Fire is the largest of five fires which have occurred this season in Yellowstone.
avatar Beach Fire Update: July 21, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.
July 21, 2010 12:37PM
July 21, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.

BEACH FIRE
Reported: Sunday morning, July 18, 2010
Location: 7 miles west southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground
Current Size: 500 acres – 20% Contained
Total Personnel: 168
Cause: Undetermined

The Beach Fire was discovered Sunday morning by an aircraft conducting a research flight. It started in an area of subalpine fir, about two miles south of Beach Lake and seven miles west-southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground.

This fire is burning in the backcountry several miles away from any roads trails, campgrounds, and lodging. All park roads, entrances and facilities are open. No trails or backcountry campsites are impacted by the fire. When actively burning, smoke from the Beach Fire may be visible for several miles.

Tuesday’s Activities:

Tuesday afternoon the fire moved bit by bit though pockets of live and dead trees to the north and northeast, and continues to bump into last year’s Arnica Fire. It put up smoke that was visible for several miles.

Three 20-person “hotshot” crews and two 20-person Type 2 hand crews worked to build containment line along the west and southern flanks of the Beach Fire on Tuesday. They were aided by water drops from helicopters and retardant drops from air tankers. The crews continue to camp out in the backcountry near the southwest corner of the fire.

This morning Incident Commander Jess Secrest and his Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team are beginning to arrive in the park to take over command of the Beach Fire. Their Incident Command Post will be located near Fishing Bridge. Please use caution in this area as traffic will increase.

Wednesday’s Strategies: A fourth 20-person hotshot crew which was diverted Tuesday afternoon to the Slough Creek Fire in the northeast section of the park will join the other 5 crews already on the fire line, building control line along the west and southern flanks of the fire, aided by water drops from helicopters.

Wednesday’s Weather Forecast: The forecast for Wednesday is calling for warm and dry conditions and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, with daytime highs ranging from the upper 60s to the mid 70s; humidity is expected to range from 20-25 percent Wednesday afternoon. Winds are expected to be out of the southwest at 10-15 miles an hour with higher gusts possible in the afternoon. The fire danger in the park is “Moderate”.

Updated Information: When actively burning, smoke from the fire may be visible from the Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam at http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. Updates are available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2025/ and http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm.

Fire in Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area’s natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources. The Beach Fire is the largest of five fires which have occurred this season in Yellowstone.
avatar Beach Fire Update: July 21, 2010 – 9PM
July 21, 2010 11:27PM
BEACH FIRE
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Reported: Sunday morning, July 18, 2010
Location: 7 miles west southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground
Current Size: 515 acres – 20% Contained
Total Personnel: 168
Cause: Undetermined

The Beach Fire was discovered Sunday morning by an aircraft conducting a research flight. It started in an area of subalpine fir, about two miles south of Beach Lake and seven miles west-southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground.

This fire is burning in the backcountry several miles away from any roads trails, campgrounds, and lodging. All park roads, entrances and facilities are open. No trails or backcountry campsites are impacted by the fire. When actively burning, smoke from the Beach Fire may be visible for several miles.

- Wednesday’s Activities -

The weather over the fire was partly to mostly cloudy all day, with cooler temperatures, more humid conditions, and lighter winds than were forecast. The fire was much less active as a result. Unlike some previous days, there was no significant smoke column visible. Firefighters continue to make slow but steady progress constructing control line along the western flank of the fire through very heavy, mature forest with a significant amount of large dead and downed logs. There was no new estimate conducted of either the size of the fire or of the percentage of the fire contained.

Incident Commander Jess Secrest and his Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team arrived in the park Wednesday, and began setting up an Incident Command Post at Fishing Bridge. They will take over management of the Beach Fire later tonight.

- Thursday’s Strategies -

Four 20-person “hotshot” crews and two 20-person “Type 2” hand crews remain on the fire, camping out in a meadow near the fire. With the help of helitack personnel and several helicopters, they will continue building control line along the western flank of the fire.

- Weather Forecast -

There could be some rain over the fire Wednesday night, with Thursday promising to be yet a little cooler and more humid than experienced Wednesday. There is a chance of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon. Winds are forecast to come out of the southwest in the afternoon and increase to 10-15 miles an hour with gusts to around 25 miles an hour.

- Updated Information -

When actively burning, smoke from the fire may be visible from the Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam at http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. Updates are available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2025/ and http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm.

- Fire in Yellowstone -

Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area’s natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources. The Beach Fire is the largest of five fires which have occurred this season in Yellowstone.
avatar Beach Fire Update: July 22, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.
July 22, 2010 10:32AM
FIRE UPDATE - July 22, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.

BEACH FIRE
Reported: Sunday morning, July 18, 2010
Location: 7 miles west southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground
Current Size: 525 acres – 25% Contained
Total Personnel: 172
Cause: Undetermined

The Beach Fire was discovered Sunday morning by an aircraft conducting a research flight. It started in an area of subalpine fir, about two miles south of Beach Lake and seven miles west-southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground.

This fire is burning in the backcountry several miles away from any roads trails, campgrounds, and lodging. All park roads, entrances and facilities are open. No trails or backcountry campsites are impacted by the fire. When actively burning, smoke from the Beach Fire may be visible for several miles.

Starting this evening fire updates will be generated from the Incident Management Team.

Wednesday’s Activities:

Cooler temperatures and cloud cover on Wednesday gave firefighters an opportunity to make good progress constructing hand line along the west side of the fire. Water and retardant drops continued to cool the north and northeast side of the fire as crews worked their way toward that side of the fire.

Incident Commander Jess Secrest and his Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team took over command of the Beach Fire Wednesday night. Their Incident Command Post is located near Fishing Bridge and ground crews will continue to be camped in the backcountry near the fire.

Thursday’s Strategies: Today the six 20-person crews will continue constructing fire line along the west side of the fire. They will be aided with helicopter water drops. Those drops will continue to cool the north and northeast side of the fire. Additional help is available to the ground crews from air tankers hauling fire retardant.

Thursday’s Weather Forecast: Today the skies are expected to be partly cloudy with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Daytime high temperatures are predicted to range from 65 to 70 degrees; humidity is predicted to range from 25-30 percent by this afternoon. Winds on the fire are expected to be out of the southwest at 15-18 miles an hour with higher gusts possible in the afternoon. The fire danger in the park is “Moderate” with large trees and deadfall remaining dry from the previous years of drought conditions.

Updated Information: When actively burning, smoke from the fire may be visible from the Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam at http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. Updates are available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2025/ and http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm.

Fire in Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area’s natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources. The Beach Fire is the largest of five fires which have occurred this season in Yellowstone.
avatar Beach Fire Morning Update - 7/23/10
July 23, 2010 02:16PM
Beach Fire Morning Update - 7/23/10
Date: July 23, 2010
Contact: Gary Hoshide, Fire Information Officer, 307-242-9834

Beach Fire Morning Update

July 23, 2010 - 9:00 a.m., Friday

Reported: Sunday morning, July 18, 2010
Location: 7 miles WSW of the Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowstone National Park
Current Size: 520 acres - 28% Contained
Total Personnel: 195
Cause: Undetermined
Contact: Gary Hoshide, Information Officer
Phone: (307) 242-9834

The Beach Fire was discovered Sunday morning by an aircraft conducting a research flight. It started in an area of subalpine fir, about two miles south of Beach Lake and seven miles west-southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The fire is burning in the backcountry several miles away from any roads trails, campgrounds, and lodging. All park roads, entrances and facilities are open. No trails or backcountry campsites are impacted by the fire. When actively burning, smoke from the Beach Fire may be visible for several miles.

Yesterday’s Activities: Single tree torching and smoldering still present. Four hotshot crews and two Type 2 hand crews made good progress in their work digging fire line around the perimeter. Five helicopters provided aerial support on the incident. Most aerial efforts were concentrated on hotspots in the northwest corner and southern portions of the fire.

Today’s Strategies: With predicted stable weather over the fire, the crews will be digging fire line from the western and northern edges of the fire and may tie those fire lines together today. Additionally, firefighters will be working areas that are still holding heat as well as searching for any small spot fires outside the perimeter of the fire. Aerial support will continue bucket work.

Today’s Weather Forecast: Weather forecast is for temperatures in the upper 60's and low 70's, winds 10-15 mph with gust up to 20 mph by afternoon. The relative humidity is expected to be around 25% earlier in the day and dropping to the low 20's in the afternoon.

For the Newest Fire Information: When actively burning, smoke from the fire may be visible from the Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam at http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. Updates are available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2025/ and http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm.

Fire in Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area's wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area's natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources. The Beach Fire is the largest of five fires which have occurred this season in Yellowstone.
avatar Beach Fire Morning Update - 07/26/10
July 26, 2010 12:44PM
Beach Fire Morning Update - 07/26/10
Date: July 26, 2010
Contact: Gary Hoshide, Fire Information Officer, 307-242-9834

Beach Fire Morning Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2010 - 9:00 a.m., Monday

Contact: Gary Hoshide, Information Officer
Phone: (307) 242-9834
Reported: Sunday morning, July 18, 2010
Cause: Under Investigation
Current Size: 520 acres - 72% Contained
Total Personnel: 263
Location: 7 miles WSW of the Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowstone National Park

Yesterday’s Activities: Active torching occurred in the pockets of heavy fuels and was suppressed with helicopter water drops. Crews completed mop up on the southwestern perimeter and continued to work the spot fires along the northern perimeter.

Today’s Strategy: Hose lays will be pulled out of the southwestern perimeter of the fire. Crews will work to locate and suppress spot fires along the northern perimeter. One heavy, two medium, and one light helicopter will continue to support suppression activities and transport equipment/supplies back to the Fishing Bridge fire camp.

Today’s Weather Forecast: Mostly sunny then becoming partly cloudy, temperatures should be in the upper 70's. Winds will be light and variable in the morning, becoming southeast at 10-14 mph. Later this afternoon, extremely gusty and erratic winds are expected to accompany thunderstorms. The relative humidity is expected to be in the lower 20 percent range.

For Fire Information: Light smoke from the fire may be visible from the Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam at http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. Updates are available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2025/ and http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm. Additional fire information can be obtained by calling the Beach Fire Information Office at 307-242-9834.

Fire in Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area's wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area's natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources. The Beach Fire is the largest of five fires which have occurred this season in Yellowstone.

Despite the fire adapted ecosystem that exists within Yellowstone, this particular fire has a level of complexity that required management to minimize impacts to values at risk. This fire has potential to severely impact natural resources, recreation facilities, vendor facilities and public within the park. After assessing the threats to the resources and public, park managers elected to manage this fire with a “control” objective at this time.
avatar Beach Fire Morning Update 07/27/10
July 27, 2010 12:46PM
Beach Fire Morning Update 07/27/10
Date: July 27, 2010
Contact: Gary Hoshide, Fire Information Officer, 307-242-9834

Beach Fire Morning Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2010 - 8:00 a.m., Tuesday

Contact: Gary Hoshide, Information Officer
Phone: (307) 242-9834
Reported: Sunday morning, July 18, 2010
Cause: Under Investigation
Current Size: 520 acres - 72% Contained
Total Personnel: 222
Location: 7 miles WSW of the Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowstone National Park

Yesterday’s Activities: Cooler temperature, higher humidity, and lower winds helped yesterday’s suppression efforts. Fireline construction around the main body of the fire was completed. Crews continued to mop up along the northern perimeter. Water pumps and fire hose lays were removed from southwestern perimeter of the fire. One heavy, two medium, and one light helicopter supported suppression activities and transported equipment/supplies back to the Fishing Bridge fire camp.

Today’s Strategy: A trace of rain fell on the fire overnight. Fire managers will be demobilizing 2 Type 2 IA 20-person crews from the fire this morning. Two 20-person hotshot crews will remain on the fire to complete mop up operations by the end of shift today and return to the Fishing Bridge fire camp by tonight. One heavy, two medium, and one light helicopter will transport firefighters and the remainder of equipment and supplies back to the Fishing Bridge fire camp.

Transfer of command, from Jess Secrest’s Incident Management Team back to Park Officials, is scheduled for 6:00 a.m., Wednesday morning. Park officials will continue to manage the fire until the fire is declare inactive. Unburned fuels in the fire’s interior will continue to burn and smolder.

Today’s Weather Forecast: The forecast is for partly cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thundershowers until noon, then scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall. Temperatures should be in the upper 60’s to low 70's, with relative humidity in the mid 40 percent range. The wind will be out of the southwest at 10mph with gusts around 15 mph.

For Fire Information: Light smoke may still be visible from the Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout Web Cam at http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. Updates are available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2025/ and http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm. Additional fire information can be obtained by calling the Beach Fire Information Office at 307-242-9834.

Fire in Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area's wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area's natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources. The Beach Fire is the largest of five fires which have occurred this season in Yellowstone.

Despite the fire adapted ecosystem that exists within Yellowstone, this particular fire has a level of complexity that required management to minimize impacts to values at risk. This fire has potential to severely impact natural resources, recreation facilities, vendor facilities and public within the park. After assessing the threats to the resources and public, park managers elected to manage this fire with a “control” objective at this time.
avatar Beach Fire EVENING Update 07/27/10
July 28, 2010 12:29PM
Beach Fire EVENING Update 07/27/10
Date: July 28, 2010
Contact: Lindy Allen, 307-344-2015

Beach Fire Evening Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2010 - 9:00 p.m., Tuesday

Contact: Gary Hoshide, Information Officer
Reported: Sunday morning, July 18, 2010
Cause: Under Investigation
Current Size: 520 acres - 95% Contained
Total Personnel: 156
Phone: Information on the Beach fire can be obtained by calling (307) 344-2015.
Location: 7 miles west southwest of the Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowstone National Park

Today’s Activities: Two 20-person hotshot crews completed mop up operations by the end of shift today and returned to the Fishing Bridge fire camp at the end of their shift. One heavy, two medium, and one light helicopter supported suppression activities and transported all firefighting equipment/supplies back to the Fishing Bridge fire camp.

Tomorrow’s Strategy: Transfer of command, from Jess Secrest’s Incident Management Team back to Park Officials, is scheduled for 6:00 a.m., Wednesday morning. The Fishing Bridge fire camp will be dismantled.

Park officials will continue to manage the fire until the fire is declared inactive. The fire area will be monitored by aircraft. Expect to see smoke as unburned fuels in the fire’s interior continues to burn and smolder.

Tomorrow’s Weather Forecast: The forecast is for partly cloudy till noon, then mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon then scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall. Temperatures should be in the upper 60’s to low 70's, with relative humidity of 33-39 percent. The afternoon winds will be out of the southeast at 10 mph with gusts up to 15 mph. The 3-7 day outlook is for continuing partly cloudy skies with chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

For Fire Information: Updates are available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2025/ and http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm Additional fire information can be obtained by calling the Beach Fire Information Office at 307-344-2015.

Fire in Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area's wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area's natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources. The Beach Fire is the largest of five fires which have occurred this season in Yellowstone.

Despite the fire adapted ecosystem that exists within Yellowstone, this particular fire has a level of complexity that required management to minimize impacts to values at risk. This fire has potential to severely impact natural resources, recreation facilities, vendor facilities and public within the park. After assessing the threats to the resources and public, park managers elected to manage this fire with a “control” objective at this time.
avatar Beach Fire Final Update
July 30, 2010 02:12PM
Beach Fire Evening Update
July 29, 2010 - 5:00 p.m., Thursday
Contact: Lindy Allen, Acting Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (307) 344-2015

Reported: July 18, 2010
Cause: Under Investigation
Current Size: 520 acres - 95% Contained
Location: 7 miles WSW of the Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowstone National Park

Current Fire Strategy: National Park Service staff will continue daily monitoring efforts, employing the use of aircraft, and take action as appropriate. Expect to see smoke as unburned fuels in the fire’s interior continue to burn and smolder.

This will be the last update on the Beach Fire unless significant fire activity occurs.

For Fire Information: Updates are available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2580, or on the web at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2025/ and http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm. Additional fire information can be obtained by calling the Beach Fire Information Office at 307-344-2015.

Fire in Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park is a fire adapted ecosystem. Most fires that occur in the park are caused by lightning. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area's wildlife habitat and vegetation. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area's natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources. The Beach Fire is the largest of five fires which have occurred this season in Yellowstone.

Despite the fire adapted ecosystem that exists within Yellowstone, this particular fire has a level of complexity that required management to minimize impacts to values at risk. This fire has potential to severely impact natural resources, recreation facilities, vendor facilities and public within the park. After assessing the threats to the resources and public, park managers elected to manage this fire with a “control” objective at this time.
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