Size: 3,373 acres
Percent Contained: 96
Start Date: September 8
Resources: 4 Crews; 2 Helicopters; 4 Engines
Total Personnel: 211
Cost to Date: $8.4 million
Cloud cover will enter the region around noon today bringing very isolated showers and thunderstorms. Moisture is possible beginning in the early afternoon Monday. This storm system should push lingering smoke, coming from Idaho wildfires, out of the valley. Late in the week, dry and warmer conditions are expected to return to the area.
Today crews on the Horsethief Canyon Fire will continue to patrol the perimeter and demobilize structure protection equipment. Engine crews have removed approximately 17,000 feet of hose from the Garden Creek vicinity. (Each section of hose is 100 feet in length.) Focus will again be given to the small section of fireline in the Wilson Creek drainage that is uncontained. Rehabilitation work will also continue, especially to areas where dozers were used to construct firelines. A Burned Area Emergency Recovery (BAER) Team has arrived to assist the Bridger-Teton National Forest in that effort. They will evaluate the fire area before recommending necessary actions to limit damage by erosion and to mitigate the influx of noxious weeds to the area.
The Incident Command Post at Stilson Ranch is being dismantled today and those resources remaining on the fire will now stay at the County Fairgrounds. The Incident Command Team will oversee operations on the fire through Monday. At that time, management of the fire will transition to a lower level, a Type 4 Incident Commander, who will continue to monitor the fire along with two crews and two engines. Smoke may continue to be visible from the fire area in the coming weeks as unburned, interior pockets of timber burn out.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest reduced the area closure surrounding the Horsethief Canyon Fire on Friday afternoon. Newly open trails include Cache Creek and the Snow King Summit and Summit Ridge. Area postings identify those trails still closed to the public. The Elk Refuge Road is also open to all traffic with no restrictions.
This will be the final update from the Incident Management Team. Additional updates will be sent from the Bridger-Teton National Forest if significant activity occurs. Local fire information is still available at http://inciweb.org/incident/3241/ or www.tetonfires.com.