Friday, September 14, 2012
Contact Fire Information: 307.739.5577
Size: 3,324 acres
Percent Contained: 36%
Resources: 8 Helicopters; 43 Engines; 12 Crews; 2 Dozers
Total Personnel: 587
The Horsethief Canyon Fire may be more active today due to an increase in winds out of the south/southwest and low humidity. Efforts will focus on the southern perimeter where line construction is under way. Crews are securing and mopping up the control lines on the northern flank.
Structure assessments will be taking place and protection measures underway in the Game Creek area. Engines will continue to provide protection along the southern edge of Jackson. Homeowners are encouraged to take measures to make their homes more survivable against fire. Information can be found at www.firewise.org.
Aviation resources, including a Type I helicopter, will provide air support for ground crews. A helibase with retardant mixing capabilities is stationed at the Elk Refuge on the east edge of town. The public is discouraged from gathering along Broadway to view helicopters. Traffic congestion creates a hazard for emergency vehicles.
The Elk Refuge Road will be closed from 8 am to 8 pm 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. Furthermore, pedestrians using the sidewalk bordering E. Broadway are asked not to stop and linger along the fence bordering the Elk Refuge.
Fire Restrictions on all public lands are currently in place. Open fires are not allowed. For information on restrictions please check with Tetonfires.com or call the agency for the area you plan to travel.
Closure Information: Residents and visitors are reminded that an area closure is in effect for Cache and Game Creeks, including trails on Snow King, to provide for the safety of firefighters and the public. Entering a closure area is prohibited by the Code of Federal Regulations and a citation along with a fine will be issued to violators.
Evacuation Information: The voluntary evacuation advisory area for east Jackson has been reduced, and no other advisories have been issued at this time. All highways and businesses in and around Jackson remain open. Any possible evacuations will be coordinated by the Jackson Police Department with support from by Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office. The Nixle system (www.nixle.com) is being used to provide updates every two hours or more often as needed.
For additional information, see http://inciweb.org/incident/3241/ or www.tetonfires.com.