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Snake Fire will affect hunters and other recreationists
9/17/2016
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BAGGS—The Snake Fire, burning two miles north of the Wyoming and Colorado state line and approximately five miles southeast of Battle Creek Campground, blew up over the weekend due to extreme fire conditions and is not expected to be doused any time soon.


According to Aaron Voos, Public Affairs Specialist with the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grasslands, the fire expanded on Saturday, September 11, due to critical fire weather, single digit humidity, and 40+ mph wind gusts.
“The fire began as 30 acres Saturday evening in the Roaring Fork of the Little Snake River drainage and grew to approximately 200 acres by Sunday afternoon,” Voos said. “The fire blew up on Sunday and spread to roughly 2350 acres by Monday morning. Some ranch structures are threatened. Hunters and campers in the fire area have been evacuated. Pending an official closure order, hunters and other recreationists are not being allowed to enter the area for safety concerns. There will be an official closure of this area by this afternoon.”

Baggs Wildlife Biologist Tony Mong said the affected area is in the south central portion of the Sierra Madre Range, within a very popular area for hunters, including Baggs elk hunt area 21 and Baggs mule deer hunt area 82.

“We know this wildfire will affect many of our deer and elk hunters,” Mong said. “Quite a few people hunt in this area and we want to give these hunters a heads-up, so that they have time to find other areas to scout and hunt for their game. If you are planning on hunting is these areas, specifically east of Forest Road 851.1, you will need to make other plans. We recommend hunters monitor the progress of the fire via the Forest Service fire incident website area prior to an official closure. Information on the fire can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5023/.

For other questions and information please contact Aaron Voos at 307-745-2323.”
“The wildfire is burning in an area with heavy beetle-killed timber,” Mong said. “This wildfire is not a completely bad thing. One bright side to this fire is the habitat will be much-improved and both wildlife and hunters will benefit from the fire a few years down the road.”

The cause of the Snake Fire is under investigation by USFS Law Enforcement. Anyone with potentially useful information from this past weekend in the area just east of Forest Road 851.1F should contact USFS Officer Hannah Nadeau, 307-343-2335.

AGGS—According to Aaron Voos, Public Affairs Specialist with the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grasslands, firefighters on the Snake Fire have made progress on the southern flank of the Snake Fire because of cooler weather, precipitation, and more stable winds. A temporary area closure is in place that encompasses Medicine Bow National Forest lands which are considered at risk, should the fire continue to grow in size.

Baggs Game Warden Kim Olson has been fielding many phone calls from panicked campers and hunters in the area asking if they need to move their camp or not.

“While we can’t tell you exactly where you should camp, we can provide more details about the forest lands affected by the temporary closure in place by the US Forest Service,” Olson said. “The affected area is on the 851 Road, south of the Battle Creek Bridge. The closure also applies to Fletcher Peak, Roaring Fork, West Branch, North Fork and runs towards the southwest side of the Huston Park Wilderness Area all the way to the CO/WY state line as far east as Rose Creek. This closure is not permanent and is very specific to portions of the forest, not the entire forest.”

The Snake Fire, burning two miles north of the Wyoming and Colorado state line and approximately five miles southeast of Battle Creek Campground, blew up over the weekend due to extreme fire conditions.

Both Olson and Baggs Wildlife Biologist Tony Mong are alerting hunters to Baggs elk hunt area 21 and Baggs mule deer hunt area 82 that they might have to scout around for places to hunt and camp that are not within the forest closure. Hunters can monitor the progress of the fire via the Forest Service fire incident website. Information on the fire can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5023/. There is also a descriptive map of the wildfire boundaries and forest closure on this website.

For other questions and information please contact Aaron Voos at 307-745-2323.

The cause of the Snake Fire is under investigation by USFS Law Enforcement. Anyone with potentially useful information from this past weekend in the area just east of Forest Road 851.1F should contact USFS Officer Hannah Nadeau, 307-343-2335.

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