Evacuations also continued out of Granby and Grand Lake.

Garrett Brammer, barn maintenance manager at the C Lazy U Ranch, said they put a call out for help moving more than a hundred horses from Grand County to Evergreen. 

That’s since bounced around social media websites and resulted in more than a dozen volunteers from places like Colorado Springs, Cheyenne and the Eastern Plains pitching in to help.

Brammer said it’s been a welcome reprieve in what’s been an extremely difficult week.

“It still hasn’t quite hit yet,” he said. “But what we do have is the support of a community and the state as a whole. We’re focused on what we have right now, and we’ll assess the property when it’s appropriate.”

Brammer said they likely don’t need more help moving horses at this point. But interested parties can reach him at 208-874-3411.

While strong, westerly winds and warm temperatures helped the East Troublesome Fire grow Wednesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Hanson said cooler temperatures and an easterly wind could help protect the town of Estes Park itself. 

“I’m optimistic for them,” he said at a press briefing Thursday afternoon.

He added, “It’s going to be close on the western edge of the city, but I think the city itself will be OK.”

But strong winds at higher elevations could keep the fire active in the nearby national park, which is one of the most visited in the country. 

“Of all places on this earth that I’ve walked, Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park outpace everything in beauty by a wide margin,” John Crawford of Kansas City, Mo. said on Twitter. “It’s a sanctuary of peace, serenity, and spirituality. It tears at my heart to see much of it threatened.”

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