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Mid-summer conditions keeping fires active near Jackson, Casper

Mid-summer conditions keeping fires active near Jackson, Casper

Sep 16, 2012 - Staff and wire reports

High profile wildfires near Jackson and Casper continued over the weekend as "red flag" warnings remained in place due to hot, dry, windy weather.

Jackson Hole tourist activities and sites have remained open despite a wildfire burning near Jackson.

To get that message out, tourism officials have earmarked $20,000 to tell potential visitors that Jackson Hole is open for business and visitors.

The fire hasn't significantly affected tourism. Visitors who are in the area report being impressed by the towering smoke plume.

The Horsethief Canyon fire started Sept. 8 and had grown to 3,353 acres Saturday. It is being fought actively.

Part of the National Elk Refuge Road remained closed to allow for helicopters to safely operate in the area. All National Forest land in the Snow King, Cache and Game Creek area still is closed due to the fire. This includes all trails within the Greater Snow King area including Snow King mountain, Putt-putt and Crystal Butte.

In Casper, about 100 residents attended a community meeting Friday night about the fire.

Evacuations remained in place Saturday on Casper Mountain Saturday. More than three dozen structures already have burned, and fire officials say an additional 750 structures, three commercial properties and 100 outbuildings are threatened.

The Wyoming State Forestry Division estimated Saturday the burned area at 15,556 acres Saturday.

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