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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

Wolves De-listed Effective September 30

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Wyoming population of gray wolves is recovered and no longer warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. Beginning September 30th, wolves in Wyoming will be managed by the state under an approved management plan, as they are in the states of Idaho and Montana.  Listen here to Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe as he makes that announcement.

Inversion & Smoke Slow Fire Growth

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The North Buffalo Fire, north of Buffalo Valley near Moran, continued to progress in the Soda Fork and North Buffalo Fork drainages yesterday, but not as quickly as over recent days.  That decrease in fire activity was due to … Continue Reading

New Fires Erupt On Forest

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Interagency fire crews continue to scramble in response to several new fires that have recently popped up on Bridger Teton National Forest.  Mop-up of a 2-acre fire at the head of Dog Creek continue after that fire was contained Sunday – however, a ten-person crew aided by a helicopter are working … Continue Reading

Fire Officials Meet With Buffalo Valley Residents

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Interagency fire officials have announced plans to meet with members of the Buffalo Valley community tonight to provide them with an update on the status of the North Buffalo Fire, outline fire management strategies and answer questions.  The fire, which began Friday … Continue Reading

Preparing In The Urban Interface

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Conditions on the forest are becoming increasingly volatile, raising concerns among local fire officials about the risks to homeowners in the urban interface area.  Jackson Hole Fire Marshal Kathy Clay says now is the time to organize critical items should an evacuation become necessary. Ready-to-go kits should include … Continue Reading

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