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Fire burns south of Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Published September 8, 2012 11:57 pm

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Firefighters are working to contain a large fire that flared up Saturday just south of Jackson Hole, Wyo., prompting evacuations of homes and businesses just south of the resort town.

Charlotte Reynolds of the Teton County Sheriff's Office said the Little Horse Thief Canyon Fire had grown to about 750 acres as of late Saturday night, consuming mostly grass, sagebrush and timber for fuel. The cause of the fire was not yet known Saturday night, Reynolds said.

Homes and businesses just south of Jackson Hole were evacuated earlier Saturday after the blaze started moving in a northeastern direction toward the town. Those evacuation orders were lifted at about 8 p.m., Reynolds said.

The fire is burning southwest of Jackson and moving closer, but Reynolds said the flames are still several miles away.

"It's not a threat to the town of Jackson by any means ... however, ensuring that remains the case is a top priority for fire officials," she said.

As of late Saturday night, the fire was about 10 percent contained. Teton Intra-Agency Fire, a group made up of fire crews from Bridger Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Teton County, has been battling the blaze since it started at about 3 p.m. Saturday.