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Snake Fire Update - August 7, 2013 - 9:00 p.m.

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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

 
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SNAKE FIRE UPDATE
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August 7, 2013 – 9:00 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


Overview:

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:

Modest fire activity was seen today by lookouts on the ground as well as from the air. The fire continued to burn with minimal growth inside the 200 acre perimeter. Additional firefighters were placed at the Mount Sheridan Lookout to get another good view to monitor the fire.


Thursday’s Weather Forecast:

Mostly sunny skies with a chance of scattered afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms, with light winds, with a high around 70 and a minimum relative humidity which could drop to 20 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 will be in place Thursday morning and working from Grant Village. Fire crews will be developing plans for structure protection around the park’s South Entrance for future use if ever needed. Monitoring of fire will remain the primary focus again Thursday.


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

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Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.