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Work Continues Sunday Near Game Creek

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Work continues today securing a perimeter around the Little Horsthief Canyon Fire with a particular focus today on completing structure protection in the Game Creek area.  These measures have already included setting up a pump and sprinkler system to compliment bulldozer and hand lines along the southern perimeter of the fire.  Afternoon breezes have been causing increased fire activity in some unburned pockets within the fire lines.  Once again, there are 669 people working the fire augmented by nine helicopters, 46 engines, three bulldozers and several air tankers.  To date, $4.7-million dollars has been spent on suppressing this fire.

Crews Hold The Lines On The LHC Fire

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In spite of increased winds and single-digit humidity in the afternoon, fire activity on the Little Horsethief Canyon Fire was limited to some torching within the perimeter of the fire and minimal spotting; and very little smoke was visible from Jackson. With help from the helicopters, hand crews held existing fire lines on Saturday while also creating additional line on the southern perimeter. Turbulent winds on the lower west flank forced crews to … Continue Reading

Saturday Firefighting Activities Move South

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Firefighting activities today are focusing on the southern perimeter of the Little Horsethief Canyon Fire and protecting the residences in Game Creek.  Teton County Emergency Management, says there will be fire engines, firefighters, and a bulldozer in that area throughout the day today.  County officials stress that there are still no evacuation advisories or orders in the Game Creek or any other area of the county at this time.   However, … Continue Reading

Good News At Public Fire Meeting

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Those attending a community meeting in Jackson put on last night by fire managers were presented some very positive news about the fire – most notably,  Jackson Hole Fire Chief Willie Watsabaugh announced that the evacuation advisory for East Jackson has been lifted.  Watsabaugh told the group however, … Continue Reading

Another Fire Meeting Planned

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Little Horsethief Canyon Fire Managers are inviting the public to attend a community meeting at 7:00 pm Thursday at the Jackson Hole Middle School. Representatives from Chris Ourada’s Incident Management Team, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the town and county including Jackson Hole Fire/EMS will be on hand to discuss … Continue Reading

Mead Says Fire Season Will Be Costly

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In addition to the resource and property losses as well as the emotional impacts of this summer’s fires in Wyoming, the financial burden of those events to the state will be significant.  Visiting Jackson Thursday morning, Governor Matt Mead admitted that the state’s share of the $70-million dollar price tag to date … Continue Reading

Huge Tanker Joins Firefight

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Since both Type 1 helicopters, which are the largest ships with the greatest carrying capacity, were down for maintenance, one of two DC-10 air tankers nationally was brought in for two retardant loads on the ridge above the Cache Creek drainage to help … Continue Reading

Family Seeks “Understanding & Patience”

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The family of the man whose home was in the area of where the Little Horsethief Canyon Fire started has sent an open letter through the media to the community concerning the incident and asking for the community’s “understanding, patience and prayers as we endure this tragedy as privately as we are able.”  Jay and Jason Anderson wrote … Continue Reading

Trail Rehab Plan Already Formulated

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Even before the fire has been put out, Bridger-Teton National Forest is formulating plans to repair damaged trails in the fire area.  Trails Program Manager Linda Merigliano says that the Little Horsethief Canyon Fire has impacted trails in Wilson Canyon, from … Continue Reading

Burn-out Puts Up Large Smoke Plume

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Firefighters have been conducting burn out operations in the Five Meadow area on the Little Horsethief Canyon Fire to reinforce control lines. Smoke from the operation has been clearly visible from Jackson and surrounding areas. A burn out consumes all potential fuel a fire may use as it marches forward. By lighting strategic fires ahead of the forest fire crews can make a border around a fire by eliminating all the dead, down, and dry matter in which a fire thrives.  Even though this afternoon’s operation has put up a lot of smoke, fire officials assure it has been the result of planned activity.

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