Fire is still burning on Pine Creek Pass west of Victor filling the valley with smoke and causing county officials to prepare some residents for possible evacuation.
The Tie Canyon fire continues to be slow moving. Numerous air crews have been dropping retardant and dozers have been creating defensive lines along the fire perimeter. Additional crews continue to arrive and mobilize from Swan Valley.
At this time, the Tie Canyon fire area closure remains the same to include areas west of Pole Canyon. 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.
Because power lines are in the vicinity of the fire, regional power outages may occur although the likelihood is reducing.
The fire was detected on Monday, August 22. A Type 2 Incident Management team has been ordered and is enroute to take over management of the fire. Numerous resources are actively engaged in suppression efforts including, several engines, hotshot crews, dozers and aerial resources.
The Teton County Sheriff’s Office has a Level One evacuation order issued for residents and property owners south of 10000 South, east of Highway 31 and west of 1000 West (Pole Canyon Road) in addition to Hidden Waters Subdivision. Evacuation and fire updates will be posted at the Teton County website at http://tetoncountyidaho.gov/ and the City of Victor website at http://www.victorcityidaho.com/. See evacuation levels below:
Teton County Evacuation Levels
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.
LEVEL 2: A Level 2 Evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.
YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE
This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE
Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.
LEVEL 3: A Level 3 Evacuation means “GO”
Evacuate NOW LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!
Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.
THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE
Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe. Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.
Sign up for emergency notification at http://www.tetoncountysheriff.com/(link is external)
BEFORE WILDFIRE THREATENS
– Evacuation Plan. Print your plan and put it on your refrigerator, or put a copy in your disaster supplies kit. Make sure everyone in your family knows where your kit is. Also keep in mind that many of these principles apply to all disaster types.
– Get a map of your area and make sure everyone in your family understands the ways in and out of your neighborhood.
– Assign tasks to each family member for what to do during Level 1 (Ready), Level 2 (Set), Level 3 (GO!) evacuations. Print this checklist and post it on your refrigerator.
– Designate a meeting place – this could be a friend or family members’ house, or an evacuation shelter.
– Choose an out-of-the-area contact person to relay information about your welfare to family and friends and to keep your phone lines open.
– Make sure house numbers are visible from the street.
– Make sure driveways are wide enough for fire trucks to enter (10-12 feet wide).
– Prepare your defensible space. See the Firewise checklists and tips. www.firewise.org(link is external)
Disaster Supplies Kit
– Keep kits supplied and ready at all times in your home and in your vehicle. Kits should include, at the minimum, food and water for each family member for 3 days, battery operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, and an extra set of sturdy clothing for each family member. Don’t forget medications, as necessary.
– Assemble pet kits and keep them in your home and vehicle. Include food, water, leashes, carriers, and medications.
– Assemble special documents, like birth certificates, social security cards, legal documents, phone contact lists, family photos, household inventory, and any portable valuables into easily-moved containers that can be loaded into a vehicle quickly and easily.