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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.

Prosecution Considered In Little Horsethief Canyon Fire

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Town, county and federal officials are considering prosecutorial measures in connection with the start of the Little Horsethief Canyon Fire Saturday.  Teton County and Prosecuting Attorney Steve Weichman, Fire Marshal Kathy Clay and federal investigators were on the scene of the Little Horsethief Canyon Fire Sunday investigating its origin. That’s where fire investigators from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Bridger Teton National Forest have determined the fire to have been human caused.  Weichman says … Continue Reading

Fire Behavior Quiets

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Fire officials report no significant change in the perimeter of the Little Horse Thief Canyon Fire where 300 people currently man the lines.  Reports from those lines indicate good progress was made on the northern and western perimeters which are those areas nearest the Town of Jackson. The most active burning yesterday was … Continue Reading

Community Briefed On Fire Activity

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Approximately 500 Jackson residents were on hand Monday evening as fire officials and community leaders provided updates about the Little Horse Thief Fire, the efforts being undertaken to control that fire and contingency plans in place to protect residents.  Incident Commander Chris Ourada told the crowd … Continue Reading

Neighborhood Put on Alert

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The Jackson/Teton County Emergency Management Agency issued an evacuation advisory this morning for an area including neighborhoods south of Broadway and east of Redmond.  Residents were asked to take valuables and sentimental items with them to work, and those with mobility issues, special needs or livestock and pets were urged to consider leaving the area immediately.  Officials decided not … Continue Reading

Little Horse Thief Fire Grows

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The Little Horse Thief Fire south of Jackson is now estimated to involve about 1500 acres.  The fire began around 3:00 pm Saturday and quickly spread up the hillside from behind industrial buildings and residences – burning away from structures and into national forest lands.  By Sunday afternoon, a spotfire had erupted … Continue Reading

Trail Closures due to Fire

The Bridger – Teton National Forest has closed the Cache-Game Creek loop area including the Cache Creek Trail, the Game Creek trail and all area within the perimiter of that loop up to the Forest Boundary. The area is closed for public safety as fire managers continue to supress the Little Horse Thief fire

Firefighting Efforts Continue

Fire crews will continue the battle against the Little Horsethief Fire which began yesterday afternoon and forced the evacuation of Deer and Elk Drives and a portion of the Little Horsethief Subdivision.

While those evacuation orders were lifted last night. Authorities warned residents that they might be reissued at anytime and that people who lived in Game Creek should also be prepared for a possible evacuation.

Fire officials flew over the scene and have declared the blaze a Type 2 incident which indicates a high level of complexity and allows the interagency team to call in additional resources to help fight the fire.

Several fire-retardant air tankers, helicopters and ground crews worked the fire yesterday and crews conducted night operations.

There were reports that one fire-fighting vehicle was destroyed in the fire, but no personnel were injured.

Officials will conduct a briefing this morning.

Official information is available at  inciweb.org.

Another Wildfire

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A second fire has been spotted in the Greys River Ranger District above Star Valley.  Specifically, the fire is located two miles southeast of Cottonwood Lake.  This one is estimated to be about a tenth of an acre and is burning in timber and forest litter.

Two fire personnel are taking suppression action with the aid of helicopter bucket drops.  The cause of this latest fire remains undetermined.  Meanwhile, the Rock Fire ¼ mile west of Swift Creek Lake continues to burn in about ten acres and is being fought by a 20-person crew aided by one helicopter.

Progress Made On North Buffalo Fire

September 5, 2012 Bridger Teton National Forest, Jackson Hole, Teton County Comments Off
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Cooler temperatures and a quarter inch of rain enabled firefighters to make significant progress on the North Buffalo Fire north of Moran over the long weekend.   The primary focus and critical area of response was securing the west perimeter of the fire to limit movement west, towards Buffalo Valley.  The crews report that … Continue Reading

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