Snake Fire Update - August 7, 2013 - 9:00 p.m.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Noon Thursday, August 8. Updates will be posted online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3600/.
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.