Snake Fire Update - August 7, 2013 - 10:30 am
U.S. Department of the Interior
Grand Teton National Park
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Bridger-Teton National Forest
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
Did You Know?
Lake trout are an invasive species of fish that is decimating the native cutthroat trout population in Yellowstone Lake.