Residents of Jackson, WY told to prepare for evacuation in midst of wildfire
This page was updated on 9/12/12 @ 9:45 a.m. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the update.
Residents of Jackson, WY have been warned of possible evacuation, as a wildfire is burning south of town. The Little Horsethief fire, as it has been dubbed, has burned approximately 1,500 acres and is listed at 15 percent containment. A Type 2 Incident Command Team took control of the situation this morning, according to the Teton Valley News.
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While no injuries have been reported as a result of the blaze, Jackson Hole News and Guide reports firefighters lost an engine on Saturday after it was struck with an ember and ignited. The cause of the fire remains TBD.
Reports suggest 100 firefighters and three helicopters are involved in the firefight, with additional resources being ordered. The Snow King ski area is directly threatened by the blaze, and has suspended summer lift service and closed trails in the area. Stay tuned as we’ll continue to bring you updates.
Update: 9/12/12 @ 9:45 a.m.
The fire burning south of Jackson, WY has now consumed more than 2,600 acres. JH Weekly reports that the source of the fire has been linked to 4282 S. Little Horsethief Lane, where a man was seen burning refuse in a barrel shortly before the fire started. The individual may face prosecution. Expenses related to fighting the fire is estimated to be $1.2 million.
Approximately 300 personnel are currently fighting the fire. Nearby fires—including the Casper Mountain Fire, which has burned 15,000+ acres—will likely draw some of the 300 away from the Horsethief Canyon Fire. Cooler temperatures on Tuesday allowed firefighters to make some headway. As a result, the area on evacuation preparedness notice has been reduced. However, containment of the fire was listed at just 10 percent on Tuesday