Update, 9:30 p.m.: The evacuation order for Deer Ridge/Hillside Condos has been lifted, and residents of the area can return home, according to Teton County Emergency Management. The "Set" stage of evacuation preparation for Spring Creek Ranch/Resort, Amangani and Pine Siskin Drive also has been lifted. 

The evacuation order remains in place for residents of Saddle Butte subdivision, and it will remain in effect throughout the night. 

If you have been evacuated and need assistance of any kind, the American Red Cross of Wyoming is offering help. Their hotline is: 307-222-8272. 

Update, 9:12 p.m.: Teton County officials have enacted a partial fire ban. Open fires are forbidden in the unincorporated part of the county until further notice. Permitted under this partial ban are fires in a fire ring in an established campground and home fire pits that use a screen spark arrester.

Update, 6:45 p.m.: Officials say no structures have been lost in the newly named Saddle Butte wildfire. Firefighters will remain on scene throughout Sunday night and into Monday morning, Teton County public information officer Kristen Waters said.

An estimated 300 acres were scorched in the blaze, Waters said. An evacuation order remains in place overnight, she said, which impacts about 30 households.

Personnel with Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, Teton County Sheriff's Office, Jackson Police Department and Wyoming Highway Patrol were all on scene Sunday afternoon. The fire started at 1:25 p.m., officials said.

"Within 20 minutes it was threatening homes in the area," Waters said. "The fire continues to move along the butte."

Update, 6:04 p.m.: An aerial firefighting ballet continues over downtown Jackson as people watch the drama from the streets. 

Officials won't be able to investigate how the fire began until they get it contained, but eyewitnesses point to an electrical transformer on the hillside across from the Virginian Lodge and Jackson Hole Whitewater. A tangled bunch of balloons appears to have flown into the power line, and two different groups of witnesses said they saw sparks showering down to the dry grass.

Officials are stopping traffic on Highway 89 near Dairy Queen at the north entrance to Jackson so that helicopters can access water from Flat Creek.

Update, 5:04 p.m.: A hotshot crew has arrived to help fight the Virginian Fire. 

Update, 4:41 p.m.: Ground and helicopter crews are focused on a pocket of fire directly north of Loaf ‘N Jug.

No structures have yet been lost in the Virginian Fire as it sweeps over East Gros Ventre Butte, officials said. A hotshot firefighting crew has been ordered, and a second helicopter is en route.

Firefighters are attacking the fast-moving wildfire on East Gros Ventre Butte with a slew of resources: six wildland fire engines, five structure engines, a helicopter and four single-engine air tankers. The tankers are dropping slurry on the fire while helicopters drop buckets of water.

Teton County Emergency Management has ordered immediate evacuation of the Deer Ridge condos, Grand Design building and the 30-or-so lot Saddle Butte subdivision as what officials are calling the Virginian Fire moves in that direction. 

"GO! stage for fire. Evacuate now!" Nixle alert said. 

"We have the south side of the butte here in evacuation," said Bridger-Teton National Forest wildfire manager Lesley Williams-Gomez. 

Spring Creek Resort is in a "set" stage, as is Amangani Resort and residences along Pine Siskin Road on the western flank of the butte, according to Nixle. Officials say people in those areas should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. 

According to Nixle, being "set" means: "Gather important papers, medications, and your family's emergency kit. Place it in your vehicle, back your vehicle into your driveway or garage with the door open, and remain vigilant. If at any point you feel your life is in danger and you have not received an evacuation order, leave immediately."

Deer Ridge Townhome owner Anders Ackley was eating with his family at Snake River Brewing when a neighbor said there was a fire.

“We grabbed my daughter’s hamster, the two dogs, we literally had one minute to do anything,” Ackley said. Police “were like, get out now! They were kicking in doors, taking out cats and dogs. We just peeled out of there.”

Just then, the wind switched direction and the flames began pushing uphill.

The fire began early Sunday afternoon near the base of East Gros Ventre Butte across Broadway from KJ's Wrangler Shell gas station.

Brandie Orchard and her family watched the fire engulfing the upper reaches of the butte.

“It seemed like it climbed really quickly up that last third of the mountain,” Orchard said.

Officials have reopened Broadway Avenue. Traffic is moving slowly along Snow King Avenue.

Original article, 2 p.m.: Crews are battling a blaze on the hillside across from KJ's Wrangler Shell gas station in Jackson.

Williams-Gomez asked the public to avoid East Gros Ventre Butte at this time. 

'"Stay clear of Broadway, and avoid the fire area," she said. "For those homeowners living in the Saddle Butte area, start paying attention and be ready for Ready-Set-Go." 

This is a developing story. The News&Guide has reporters and photographers on scene. Additional reporting by Mike Koshmrl, Natalie Shilati, Rebecca Huntington, Johanna Love, Melissa Cassutt.

Have photos or a story to share? Email editor@jhnewsandguide.com.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

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