Aug 6, 2013 11:16 AM by MTN News
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Yellowstone National Park officials report a new wildfire burning just three miles east of the park's south entrance.
The Snake Fire was discovered shortly after 4 p.m. Monday afternoon, burning along the boundary between the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Yellowstone National Park.
The cause of the Snake Fire is under investigation.
Hot, dry conditions is fueling rapid growth in heavy timber.
As of Monday evening, the fire is estimated at 200 acres.
Firefighting efforts will be jointly managed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.
On Tuesday, firefighters will focus their efforts on structure protection of backcountry cabins, developing a more accurate fire perimeter map, posting trail closure notices, and helping visitors reroute backcountry trips around closure areas.
Tuesday's forecast calls for sunshine, winds from 5-10 miles an hour. shifting from the northeast to southwest.
Some trails and backcountry campsites near Yellowstone's South Entrance have been temporarily closed.
All roads leading into and through the parks and the forest and all campgrounds, lodging, stores, and visitor services are open.
At this time, the Snake fire poses no threat to visitors or area residents.