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Snake Fire Update - August 9, 2013 - 11:00 a.m.

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Date: August 9, 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: Recorded Fire Information Line – 307-344-2580
        PIO – Traci Weaver 307-690-5433
        PIO – Marianne Baumberger 406-579-3732


Snake Fire Update

August 9, 2013 – 11 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 26 personnel


Overview: The Snake Fire was discovered shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday, August 5, burning in pockets of 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: There was no significant change in fire behavior Thursday as cooler weather reached the fire area late in the afternoon. Isolated torching was observed in pockets of fuel within the fire perimeter. The crew completed the structure protection of a patrol cabin and came out of the backcountry.


Friday’s Weather Forecast: There is a chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms with light to moderate winds, a high near 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 the fire will remain the primary focus again Friday. Firefighters continue developing plans for structure protection around the park’s South Entrance. These plans are valuable for future use in the event these structures are ever threatened by a wildfire.

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. Campsite 8C4 is closed to all use until further notice. 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 Saturday, August 10 unless significant activity occurs on the fire. Updates, maps and photos will be posted online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3600/.


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