Update 6:10 p.m.: The fire has reached the ridge atop the Cache Creek drainage, approximately 2 miles from the trailhead. Fire managers are warning residents of the Snow King area to be prepared to implement an evacuation plan Monday.
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A crowd gathers on the butte above Nelson Drive to watch the Little Horsethief Fire as it burns behind Snow King. Several times flames were visible on the ridge atop Cache Creek, but the fire never encroached down the canyon.
As afternoon winds have picked up, the Little Horsethief Fire is burning in Wilson Canyon behind Snow King, giving residents of east Jackson a close-up view of the fight.
A 100-acre spot fire ahead of the main blaze has sent a huge plume of smoke above the ridge separating Cache Creek from Game Creek. But the main fire is still 1 to 1.5 miles from Snow King, a county spokeswoman said.
Residents are out in the streets, watching the smoke billow over Cache. Tankers have been making passes as they head toward Wilson Canyon to drop retardant.
Charlotte Reynolds, Teton County information officer, said there is no reason to panic. East Jackson is “not in imminent danger at this time,” she said.
But one man on Willow Street was packing his truck for a possible evacuation, saying he is taking no chances. The man said he is from Colorado Springs, where a fire torched hundreds of homes in June.
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