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Tie Canyon Fire Update as of 7:15 pm August 25, 2016

Re: Tie Canyon Fire Press Release Fire Update as of 7:15 pm August 25, 2016:

There will be a Public Meeting addressing the Tie Canyon Fire at Victor Elementary School tomorrow, August 26th at 7:00 pm at Victor Elementary School, 43 East Center Street, Victor. All are welcome.

Transfer of command of the Tie Canyon Fire will occur tomorrow morning, Friday August 26th at 6:00 am, to Grey Basin Team 5 lead by Russ Bird. Please contact the Fire Information Center with questions or requests for information at or call 208-991-0067 after 6:00am tomorrow morning. The next release of information will occur mid-day tomorrow, Friday August 26th.

An Incident Command Post will be established at Pioneer Park. As such, the park is closed to all users. Elm Street from Agate Avenue to Baseline Road is closed to allow for local traffic only. Both closures are in effect until further notice.

The Tie Canyon fire encompasses 1242 acres and continues to be slow moving with minimal growth occurring today. On the north end of the fire, crews are scouting and beginning to construct containment lines. An estimated 250 to 300 firefighters will be responding to the fire.

At this time, the Tie Canyon fire area closure remains the same to include areas west of Pole Canyon. Please see the below fire closure map illustrating the fire area and effected closed trails. Tie Canyon Road 252 and Upper Rainey Creek Road 253 remain closed. Highway 31 is currently 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. Please be careful along highway 31 and highway 33. Fire response traffic will be present.

Because power lines are in the vicinity of the fire, regional power outages may occur although the likelihood is reducing. Finally, it is critical that people do not fly drones near the forest fire. Any drone intrusion halts all fire suppression operation and substantial fines will be issued.
Released by Holly Wolgamott, Teton County Public Information Officer, 208-354-8775.

As previously released, 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.