8/13 Fire is 70 percent contained as crews continue to prepare the control line and check for spot fires.
Currently at 4 acres and bordering the Caribou Targhee National Forest, the fire is located up the Mosquito Creek Drainage on the Jackson Ranger District. Interagency helicopter 35 HX will deliver 34 firefighters to help fully suppress this active fire located in a mix of shrub and timber. A type two helicopter will aid firefighters with bucket drops to help prevent new growth. A small column of smoke might be visible from the valley floor and for those commuting over Teton Pass, to and from Jackson. With the absence of heavy smoke experienced the last few days, fire managers remain vigilant in detecting smoke and any new fire activity from the storms over the area last week. If you like to keep an eye on the smoke activity both locally and nationally, visit the NOAA Smoke Map. Fire cause is undetermined and lightning is suspected due to location on the slope and recent storm activity.
Fire staff is reminding all drones and recreational aircraft pilots to be respectful of the helicopter operations and air space around the Mosquito Creek and Teton Pass area. When non-firefighting aircraft interrupt helicopter operations, firefighting functions are negatively impacted and this puts everyone at risk, from ground resources, helicopter pilots, to the community and homeowners eager to have this fire suppressed. Currently, there are no area closures and we are asking everyone to help fight this fire by staying out of the way of operations. Thank you for respecting the fire area and letting fire crews do what they do best, which is fighting fire and working for the public!