Snake Fire Update: Last Update Until Fire Behavior Increases
Incident: Snake Fire Wildfire
Snake Fire Update
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 August 5. The fire is 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 and Grand Teton National Park. The area received numerous lightning strikes July 31, and one of these strikes smoldered and came to life, starting the fire. Firefighting efforts are being jointly managed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.
Planned Actions: Cooler, wetter weather has led to reduced fire activity on the Snake Fire. Firefighters are still monitoring the fire behavior, and will bring in additional firefighting resources if needed. Crews completed plans for structure protection around the park’s South Entrance and Flagg Ranch, in the event those locations are threatened in the future by a wildfire.
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.
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 smoke column rising above the fire may be visible.
- 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.
- 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 Campsites: 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.
Updated information: Fire information will be updated when significant activity occurs on the fire. Updates, maps and photos are also posted online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3600/.