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Snake Fire Update - August 8, 2013 - 8:15 p.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 – 8:15 p.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.

Thursday’s Activities

The were no significant changes in fire behavior today as cooler, wet weather reached the fire area late in the afternoon. Isolated torching was observed in pockets of fuel within the fire perimeter. Work was completed on structure protection of a patrol cabin and the crew came out of the backcountry today.

Friday’s Weather Forecast

There is a chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms with light to moderate winds, a high hear 70 degrees, and a minimum relative humidity of 25 percent. The Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park are all in “High” fire danger.

Friday’s Planned Firefighting Actions

Due to minimal fire movement and activity, all but two trails in the closure area will re-open Friday morning. Monitoring of fire will remain the primary focus again Friday. 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.

Closed: The Snake River trail south of the Basin Creek Cut-Off and the Snake River Trail Junction to the junction with the South Boundary Trail west of campsite 8C2 and the Harebell Cut-Off Trail north of Harebell Patrol Cabin to its junction with the Snake River Trail.

Restricted: Several previously closed backcountry campsites are available for walk-in permits, but are not available for reservation. Additional details and a map of the closure area are 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 Noon Friday, August 9. Updates, maps and photos will be posted online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3600/.



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