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Little Horsethief Fire grows; roads to Jackson remain open

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Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012 12:02 pm | Updated: 1:07 pm, Mon Sep 10, 2012.

Local highhways into Jackson Hole, and the businesses in the area, remain open despite significant growth in the Little Horsethief Fire, according to reports from the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The 1,500-acre blaze grew to the north and east during the last 24 hours, said Mary Cernicek, spokesperson for the BTNF.

“It has burned to the ridge above Cache Creek, prompting local emergency services to issue an evacuation advisory for portions of east Jackson,” she said. “At this time, the evacuations are precautionary and voluntary. Residents should be prepared to leave their homes should fire behavior increase. Those who live in east Jackson should expect to see fire engines in the area providing notifications and information.”

A community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Davy Jackson Elementary School. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions. An information center is currently being established.

The Nixle notification system is being used to send out updates every two hours, and fire engines and other personnel will also be in the area to provide information and spread word of the advisory. Residents can sign up for these notifications at nixle.com.

All highways into Jackson Hole are currently opened as are local businesses. An area closure remains in effect that includes Cache Creek and Snow King Mountain.

At this writing the blaze was about 15 percent contained, with 112 firefighters on scene, with three helicopters, eight fire engines, two crews and a bulldozer.

A Great Basin Type 2 Incident Command Team assumed control of the Little Horsethief Fire at 6 a.m. Monday. The team will continue to operate jointly with the partners of Teton Interagency Fire. Additional resources have been ordered to join in the fire suppression actions.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for today due to forecasted high winds and heavy lightning.

For additional information, visit inciweb.org/incident/3241/ or tetonfires.com.

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