Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
CLINTS WELL, Ariz., June 24, 2021 — The Snake Fire, located about 7 miles west of Clints Well on the northern edge of West Clear Creek, is now 130 acres and 60 percent contained.
The reason for the increase in acreage is due to more accurate mapping. A combination of topography and terrain have made it challenging to both survey the fire and work to contain it, and a combination of both topography and fire activity have made it difficult to investigate the cause of the fire, which is still unknown.
Crews spent Wednesday strengthening hand line built on the canyon rim. Crews were quick to build line around 80 percent of the fire, but the aforementioned rough terrain has made it difficult for crews to work in the West Clear Creek drainage.
While the Snake Fire did receive roughly a quarter-inch of rain yesterday and Tuesday, the full closure of the Coconino National Forest will remain in effect as weather conditions across much of the forest remain windy and dry.
Nearby communities, including those to the east and northeast of the fire, remain on "Set" evacuation status. Residents of nearby areas are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts through Coconino County, and the Coconino NF will continue to assess the needed alert status with Coconino County.
Current resources include two engines and one Hotshot crew.
Smoke will be visible to the public in the areas of Happy Jack Lodge, Clear Creek Pines Units 1 and 2, and those traveling along Forest Highway 3.
The Snake Fire was reported at 2:36 p.m. Monday by the Apache Maid Lookout.
Residents are reminded to refrain from flying drones in and around any wildfire. Not only is drone use over fire operations illegal, it also disrupts aerial firefighting operations, creating hazardous conditions and grounding aerial resources, which means they can't fight the fire.
Details about the Snake Fire will be posted on InciWeb, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
SNAKE FIRE OVERVIEW:
· Current size: 130 acres. · Containment: 60 percent. · Reported: 2:36 p.m. June 21, 2021. · Cause: Unknown and under investigation. · Origin location: About 7 miles west of Clints Well (GPS coordinates: 34.567, -111.45) · Fuel types: Brush, grass, ponderosa pine. · Current resources: One Hotshot crew, two engines and miscellaneous overhead. Total personnel: About 50. · Predicted smoke impacts: Around Happy Jack Lodge, Clear Creek Pines Units 1 and 2, and Forest Highway 3.