Friday, September 14, 2012
Contact Fire Information
Size: 3,324 acres
Percent Contained: 41
Resources: 9 Helicopters; 16 Crews; 43 Engines; 3 Dozers
Total Personnel: 651
Cost to Date: $3.76 million
Firefighters had a productive but active day on the fire Friday. Air support was critical to enabling crews on the ground to directly attack the fire along the northeast perimeter. One of three Type 1 helicopters, which are capable of carrying several hundred gallons of water in each drop, was down for maintenance today. Therefore, fire managers requested a fixed-wing air tanker to perform additional retardant drops.
As predicted, low relative humidity and hot temperatures facilitated increased activity on the northwest and northeast perimeters of the fire where firefighters saw some single and group tree torching. Crews continued to mop-up the west flank of the fire and put out any hotspots, while placing an increased ground-based focus on the south flank.
The public is discouraged from gathering along the east end of Broadway along the Elk Refuge fence to view helicopters. Traffic congestion creates a hazard for emergency vehicles and can impact fire aviation operations. The Elk Refuge Road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to pedestrians and bicycles from the intersection of E. Broadway and Elk Refuge Road to the Miller House. Vehicles are permitted through with intermittent closures but are not allowed to stop adjacent to helicopter operations. This closure is being enacted to allow for helicopters to safely operate.
Closure Information: Though the evacuation advisory was lifted last night, residents and visitors are reminded that an area closure is still in effect for Cache and Game Creeks, including trails on Snow King. The purpose of the closure is to provide for protection of forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Horsethief Canyon Fire.
For additional information, see http://inciweb.org/incident/3241/ or www.tetonfires.com. Sign up at www.nixle.com for emergency updates from Teton County.