Monday, September 17, 2012
Contact Fire Information
Size: 3,373 acres
Percent Contained: 57
Resources: 9 Helicopters; 16 Crews; 40 Engines; 3 Dozers
Total Personnel: 650
Start Date: 8 September
Cost to Date: $5.8 million
Increases in fire perimeter containment and a positive shift in weather have inspired a sense of “turning the corner” on the suppression of the Horsethief Canyon Fire. Although area closures and fire restrictions are still in effect for the forest, residents may notice the removal of defense measures in east Jackson as the perceived threat to homes has been alleviated by the success and stability of fire lines. The hose and pumps that were laid out in Jackson will be removed from crews today. Additionally, limited access for some local businesses will be arranged with Safety Officer escorts.
Today, crews will continue to strengthen and secure the fire perimeter. Taking advantage of cooler temperatures, increases in air moisture, and decreases in winds, firefighters expect to make swift progress in the completion of direct line construction on the eastern portions of the fire. Although fire behavior is expected to decrease, residents and visitors should be aware that there will still be lingering smoke in the lower elevations. Much of the smoke impact is coming from other fires in the region. The smoke that settled in the valley last night was primarily from the North Buffalo Fire and the new Chall Creek Fire west of Merna, Wyoming.
In the Game Creek and Porcupine Creek subdivisions, structure protection measures will remain in place while crews improve lines and extinguish pockets of heat in the Wilson Creek drainage. Depending on weather conditions and fire behavior, managers may consider burnout operations later in the week to strengthen the perimeter.
Due to the success in Horsethief Canyon Fire suppression and favorable weather forecasts, fire managers felt confident enough to assist with a new fire start west of Merna, Wyoming, last night. Crews and engines were reassigned to the Chall Creek Fire, and one of the Type 1 helicopters will be on loan to the fire crews as well.
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. 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. Please remember that open burn restrictions are still in place.
Ø PLEASE NOTE, FIRE INFORMATION OFFICE HOURS WILL NOW BE FROM 7 AM to 9 PM DAILY.