By Jim Stanford on September 11, 2012
Update 9/12: Frost on the roofs today, likely aiding firefighters’ effort. The evacuation advisory area has been reduced.
The Little Horsethief Fire simmers for a fourth day behind Snow King, and although many residents are prepared for an evacuation, they are breathing a little easier as crews have kept the flames in check.
The blaze has covered 2,700 acres. In all, 171 personnel are taking part in the firefighting effort, including 70 who spent the night on Josie’s Ridge to prevent flames from advancing toward the west side of Snow King. The News&Guide reports that the cost already has topped $1 million.
A Forest Service firefighter from Jackson said this morning that crews are well entrenched and, barring extreme winds, the mood is confident.
For the last two nights, the fire has burned some trees on the eastern ridge of Snow King, above the Hagen Trail, but it has not encroached significantly down into Cache Creek. Tankers made heavy drops of retardant along the ridge, helicopters dropped water, and a chopper delivered a hand crew to the site.
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS has placed sprinklers on some of the most vulnerable houses on upper Snow King Drive and elsewhere on the mountain near Cache Creek. As was the case yesterday, firefighters will be ready come afternoon, when winds pick up. There is no rain in the forecast today.
The above video by Andrew Whiteford is a time lapse shot yesterday from East Gros Ventre Butte. The wonder of that sudden rainstorm cannot be overstated.