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Tie Canyon Fire Press Release as of 12:00pm August 24, 2016

Re: Tie Canyon Fire Press Release
Fire Update as of 12:00 pm August 24, 2016:

The Tie Canyon fire area closure has been extended to include areas west of Pole Canyon encompassing Black Grove Trail 047, the Power Line Trail 321, and the Blanchard Ridge Trail 014. Tie Canyon Road 252 and Upper Rainey Creek Road 253 remain closed. Highway 31 remains open however it is strongly recommended that people do not travel on Highway 31 due to low visibility on Pine Creek Pass and heavy fire response traffic. Instead, people are asked to travel through Rexburg.

The US Forest Service has reported that due to the change in wind direction and speed the fire is very slow moving. There is one hot shot crew of approximately 86 firefighters in addition to local fire fighters, two dozers and air support currently responding to the fire. Additional resources will begin to arrive today to mobilize from Swan Valley. Mobilization will likely transition to Victor this weekend as more crews arrive.

The US Forest Service has confirmed that this is a wildland fire and that there are no prescribed fires in the area. The US Forest Service would like to thank residents within the potential evacuation area for being proactive in fire reduction efforts. This, and efforts in the forest, are helpful in managing the fire.

The US Forest Service sincerely appreciates the public’s desire to support the fire crews. However, they are not permitted to accept food or other goods from the public. If you would like to show your support, crews do appreciate your signs and words of encouragement.

Because of the nature of the fire, expect an evening update each day unless conditions change.

At this time, a Level 1 evacuation remains in effect and recommendations are the same as described in the below evacuation information and map.

LEVEL 1: A Level 1 Evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation.

Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.