Stand 4 - Observation Point
From Stand 4 you can see the bowl to the south which is referred to as the "17th Bowl." You can also see the flag pole at the site of the T56 crash on the southern-most horizon ridge.
Directly up this spur ridge, just below the main north-south ridge, are the Mormon Lake Hotshot fatality sites (look for the flagpole and drip torch memorials).
From Stand 4, you can see the three key control lines which were used as part of the suppression strategy:
- The road which is downhill to the west.
- The dozer line which is located directly south on the southern ridge of the 17th Bowl.
- The handline which was located uphill along the main ridge from the rock outcropping to the helispot.
Strategy and tactics for the 17th were to work on the critical spot on the ridgeline to the southeast. The Mormon Lake Hotshots were assigned to this ridgeline and would be flown in by helicopter. The Happy Jack Hotshots were assigned to the burned out section of the south cat line and Battlement Creek Road with instructions to continue burning out inside of Friday's black line and also mopup along the outer edge of the burn. Other crews were assigned to secure completed sections of the fire, which were in now in the mopup stage.