The Snake Fire, caused by lightning earlier this week about three miles east of the Yellowstone National Park South Entrance, has failed to spread in the wake of wet weather, leading to the opening of several backcountry trails.
Currently only two trails (down from five) are closed because of the fire:
1. The Snake River trail south of the Basin Creek Cut-Off and Snake River Trail Junction to the junction with the South Boundary Trail west of campsite 8C2.
2. The Harebell Cut-Off Trail north of Harebell Patrol Cabin to its junction with the Snake River Trail.
In addition, Campsite 8C4 is closed to all use until further notice.
Because the fire has failed to spread, today firefighters will focus their efforts on monitoring of the fire today. In addition, 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.
All roads leading into and through the parks and the forest and all campgrounds, lodging, stores, and visitor services are open.
Fire management is being jointly shared by Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.