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Snake Fire Update - August 7, 2013 - 10:30 am

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Date: August 7, 2013

U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service

Grand Teton National Park
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway
Yellowstone National Park

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Forest Service

Bridger-Teton National Forest

Contacts: Bridger-Teton National Forest – Mary Cernicek 307-739-5564
         Grand Teton National Park – Traci Weaver 307-739-3692
         Yellowstone National Park – Al Nash, Dan Hottle, Marianne Baumberger 307-344-2015

August 7, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.

Reported:       Monday afternoon, August 5, 2013
Location:         Three miles east of Yellowstone’s South Entrance Station along the boundary of the
                        Bridger-Teton National Forest and Yellowstone National Park
Cause:             Lightning
Current Size: Estimated at 190 acres – Zero percent contained
Resources:    One Type 3 helicopter, one Type 6 wildland engine, and 25 personnel


The Snake Fire was discovered shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon, August 5, burning in heavy timber about three miles east of the South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park along the boundary with the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The area had received numerous lightning strikes last Wednesday, and one of these strikes smoldered and came to life Monday starting the fire. Firefighting efforts are being jointly managed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.

Tuesday’s Activities:

The cooler temperatures contributed to moderate fire activity Tuesday. Aerial reconnaissance and subsequent GIS analysis conducted Tuesday night show a very spotty burn within a 190 acre perimeter. Efforts began on establishing an Incident Command Post at Grant Village to support firefighting efforts. Firefighters were deployed to protect a backcountry cabin, post trail closures, and gather fuel samples to aid fire behavior modeling that will be used to develop short and long-term fire management strategies.

Wednesday’s Weather Forecast:

Sunny skies, light winds, afternoon highs in the low 70s and a minimum relative humidity of around 20 percent are forecast for the fire area. There is a very slight chance of late day thunderstorms, with increasing thunderstorm probability later in the week. The Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park are all in “High” fire danger.

Wednesday’s Planned Firefighting Actions:

A Type 3 helicopter which arrived late Tuesday will be employed in support of firefighting operations. Firefighters will continue their efforts to protect a backcountry patrol cabin. Firefighters will also hike in to staff the Mt. Sheridan Fire Lookout. Another crew will staff a Type 6 wildland engine and begin developing plans for structure protection around the park’s South Entrance should it be needed. By evening, management of the fire will be based out of an Incident Command Post at Grant Village.

Impacts to visitors and area residents:
Some trails and backcountry campsites near Yellowstone’s South Entrance have been temporarily closed. A map of the closure area is posted to the fire’s InciWeb site. At times a tall smoke column rising above the fire may be seen from locations a very long distance away from the fire. However, all roads leading into and through the parks and the forest and all campgrounds, lodging, stores, and visitor services are open. The fire poses no threat to visitors or area residents.

Public and firefighter safety is always the first concern and priority. The Greater Yellowstone area is a fire adapted ecosystem. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of this area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation. 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:

The next fire update will be prepared and distributed by 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 7. Updates will be posted online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3600/.



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