Snake Fire Update - August 9, 2013 - 11:00 a.m.
U.S. Department of the Interior
Grand Teton National Park
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Contacts: Recorded Fire Information Line – 307-344-2580
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
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.
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/.
Did You Know?
Lake trout are an invasive species of fish that is decimating the native cutthroat trout population in Yellowstone Lake.