By Jim Stanford on September 10, 2012
Update 11:40 a.m.: Evacuation advisory extended to residents east of Vine Street and south of East Kelly Avenue, including Snow King Resort. This is due to evacuation logistics, not change in fire status. Map here.
Update 10:15 a.m.: Decision postponed another two hours. Fire managers may take preventive measures on properties in east Jackson. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS is managing the effort in town, while the Type II team oversees fight in forest.
Update 8:15 a.m.: Still awaiting word on evacuation, but in a gift from the heavens, rain has begun to fall. The storm is passing mostly to the north, but east Jackson is cold and wet. Decision postponed till 10 a.m.
Update 7:15 a.m.: Town of Jackson issues evacuation advisory for residents south of Broadway and east of Redmond. Town advises residents to be prepared for evacuation should an order be issued. Decision to come at 8 a.m.
The Little Horsethief Fire had grown to 1,500 acres and was only 15 percent contained as of 10 p.m. Sunday, according to the latest incident report.
Sunday evening felt like the whole town was gathered around a huge campfire, watching and waiting with a mixture of fascination and trepidation.
Last night the wind was unusually strong coming down out of Cache Creek, perhaps 20 miles per hour. At times you could feel a blast of warm air descending from the fire. But riding home from the butte above Nelson Drive, I felt the familiar cold of night rushing into the valley.
Spot fires have ignited below the ridge of Snow King in Cache Creek Canyon, but it would take an extraordinary turn of events for those flames to threaten the east edge of town. Residents are on edge in the nearby neighborhoods.
We have been extremely lucky the winds were mostly light the last two days. Let’s hope this morning brings more of the same.
(Photos by David Stubbs)