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Snake Fire Update - August 8, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.

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Date: August 8, 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 8, 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 200 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, 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.

Wednesday’s Activities

The relative humidity remained fairly low into the evening, resulting in some tree torching within the 200 acre perimeter which was visible a great distance from the fire. Yesterday, additional firefighters were placed at the Mount Sheridan Lookout to get another good view to monitor the fire.

Thursday’s Weather Forecast

Partly sunny skies with a chance of scattered late afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms, with light winds, a high around 70 and a minimum relative humidity of 20-30 percent. The Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park are all in “High” fire danger.

Thursday’s Planned Firefighting Actions

The Type 3 fire management team is in place and began working out of the Incident Command Post at Grant Village this morning. Monitoring of fire will remain the primary focus again today. Fire crews will continue their structure protection efforts at a backcountry patrol cabin, and will continue developing plans for structure protection around the park’s South Entrance for future use if needed.

Impacts to visitors and area residents

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. At times a tall smoke column rising above the fire may be seen from locations a very long distance away from the fire.
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.  

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. Thursday, August 8. Updates will be posted online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3600/.



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