The Snake Fire near Yellowstone’s South Entrance has grown in its first couple days. Aerial reconnaissance and ground observations show a very spotty burn within a 200 acre perimeter. An Incident Command Post has been set up 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. Meanwhile, a Type 3 helicopter arrived late Tuesday and will be employed in support of firefighting operations. Firefighters working with a wildland fire engine are developing plans for structure protection around the park’s South Entrance should it be needed. At times a tall smoke column rising above the fire may be seen from locations a very long distance away from the fire. However, all roads leading into and through the parks and the forest and all campgrounds, lodging, stores, and visitor services are open and the fire poses no threat to visitors or area residents.
Further east in the Washakie Wilderness, the Hardluck fire is now estimated to involve nearly 13-thousand acres. Due to its isolation, it continues to be monitored for its resource benefits.