The Horsethief Canyon Fire grew about 600 acres Monday generally moving to the northeast. The fire is now 2,700 acres and 10 percent contained. Firefighters made good progress on the fire today digging hand lines to prevent the fire from spreading. Ground forces were supported by aircraft dropping fire retardant and water on the northwest flank, which is closest to the town of Jackson.
Hand crews and aviation resources focused today's efforts on the north and west flanks of the fire. Two Type 2 hand crews worked on suppression efforts on the fire's southwest flank. A bull dozer worked to complete a fireline in the east fork of Leeks Canyon south and east of Josie's ridge. The fire jumped some areas of handline but ground and aviation resources worked to quickly attack the growing northwest flank and prevented the fire from spreading more than about 50 feet. Aviation resources focused most retardant dumps on Josie's ridge, where the fire crested and moved down the ridge between 200 and 300 feet on Sunday night.
Over 70 firefighters are spending the night on Josie's Ridge to manage any fire advances throughout the night.
Firefighters will focus efforts Tuesday on the northwest flank of the fire, which includes communication infrastructure on the east end of Snow King. Crews will continue to prioritize suppression efforts on areas of the fire closest to homes, buildings, and communication infrastructure. Additional resources have been requested to aid the firefighting efforts.
An evacuation advisory remains in effect for residents in areas of east Jackson. At this time evacuations are voluntary only. All highways and businesses in and around Jackson remain open. Any possible evacuations will be coordinated by the Jackson Police Department with support from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office.
For additional information, see http://inciweb.org/incident/3241/ or www.tetonfires.com.