Monday, September 17, 2012
Contact Fire Information
Size: 3,373 acres
Percent Contained: 58
Resources: 15 Crews; 9 Helicopters; 21 Engines, 1 Dozer
Total Personnel: 574
Cost to Date: $6.5 million
Today crews focused on isolated pockets of heat inside the perimeter and continued to clean up scattered spots along the northeast edge of the Horsethief Canyon Fire. Though firefighters met low to moderate fire activity and operations went well, securing the line in rough terrain may take three or four more days if the weather continues to cooperate. In the east Jackson area, crews dismantled sprinkler lines and water systems and packaged four miles of hose. Each section of hose is 100 feet long.
In the Game Creek and Porcupine Creek subdivisions, structure protection measures remained in place while crews improved lines and extinguished pockets of heat in the Wilson Creek drainage. Indirect line was constructed near the southeast perimeter, and managers are considering burnout operations later in the week to create a solid fireline.
The protection plan for Jackson, Game Creek and Porcupine will be ready to turn over to cooperating agencies later this week. The plan will be a valuable tool for use in the event of future incidents. All homeowners, even those not immediately affected by the fire area, are encouraged to take actions to make their homes more survivable against wildfire. Information can be found at www.firewise.org.
Residents and visitors are reminded that the entry section of the Elk Refuge Road is closed to all pedestrians and bicyclists from 8 am to 8 pm to ensure safety during the helicopter operations. Vehicles are allowed through but not permitted to stop within this section of road.
An area closure does remain in effect for a portion of the Bridger-Teton National Forest surrounding the Horsethief Canyon Fire. This closure is in place for the protection of firefighters as well as the public.
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. Please remember that open burn restrictions are still in place.