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Additional access to Sawtooth National Forest expected by this weekend

Maria Decaney

Aerial of Beaver Creek Fire Photo: Image by Mel Meier,

Additional access to Sawtooth National Forest expected by this weekend

CREATED Aug. 29, 2013

The Ketchum Ranger District is expected to open additional access to summer homes, campgrounds and trails in the Sawtooth National Forest by week's end.

Information on open areas can be found on the Sawtooth National Forest website or Inciweb.

No active fire behavior was observed Wednesday, though limited smoke remains visible inside the perimeter.

The Beaver Creek Fire now totals 111,488 acres and is 94% contained.

There are currently 599 personnel working towards full containment, which includes significant mop up (extinguishing or removing burning and hazardous material) and rehabilitation of suppression damage.

Crews are working closely with resource advisors to remove logs and restore dozer and hand lines. The team will support helicopter operations as needed to continue containment efforts. Teams will continue to remove excess supplies and trash.

Today is a slight chance of rain with southerly winds, with a potential for thunderstorms. This threat persists through Sunday; debris flow from storm activity is possible.

Updates will continue to be posted on Inciweb at

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