Fire on Snow King Mountain

Firefighters work to extinguish a small fire Sunday afternoon on Snow King Mountain near the Alpine Slide.

Firefighters are mopping up after a small blaze Sunday afternoon above the cemetery on Snow King Mountain.

"Looks like we’ve got it contained," Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Brady Hansen said at 5 p.m. "We’ll be on mop up for a little while."

He gave an unofficial estimate of the fire's size at a quarter acre, spanning private property and town-owned property. The blaze did not reach national forest land. 

Due to the "severe" risk of the fire's location near structures and town, Hansen said, firefighters responded from all around the valley, including the West Bank, National Park Service and Forest Service. 

"We had a lot of responders en route which is phenomenal," Hansen said. But the first crews on the scene "were able to catch it." As firefighters dragged hoses across the grass to the smoldering timber, some riders on the Alpine Coaster and Rafferty chairlift had a bird's-eye view of the action. 

Hansen said a helicopter would still be responding to the scene to also get a look at the fire from above.

The cause is under investigation.

Contact Johanna Love at 732-7071 or​

Editor in Chief Johanna Love has covered the Jackson Hole community as part of the News&Guide staff since 1998. She took the helm of the newsroom in 2017. She fields story tips and kudos as well as criticism and questions.

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