Beaver Creek fire becomes visible along Hwy 75 corridor
Photo: Image by Great Basin National Incident Management Team
Residents and business owners along Highway 75 north of the Town of Hailey saw the flames of the Beaver Creek Fire moving east across ridge tops and valleys near War Dance. The fire is still several miles from the highway in this area. There was also active fire growth in the Deer Creek drainage.
On the northern perimeter, the fire advanced to within one mile of the Baker Creek drainage. The fire grew larger Wednesday aided by gusty winds, low humidity and unstable air. Due to the increase of burned acreage, fire containment decreased to 11 percent.
The fire weather conditions are forecasted to repeat on Thursday and Friday. Predicted instability, gusty winds and low relative humidity have already led to a Red Flag Warning being issued for the region by the National Weather Service.
A pre-evacuation order was issued at noon on Wednesday for residents located in the upper drainage of Deer Creek, west of the Big Wood River. A second pre-evacuation order was issued later in the afternoon for Greenhorn Gulch residents. Issuance of these pre-evacuation orders provides residents in these communities time to prepare for possible evacuations.
Blaine County government is also providing options for transporting and boarding horses that may be in the path of the wildfire. Accompanying this second order, the fire suppression management moved to a Unified Command that includes the Great Basin Incident Management Team, Ketchum Fire Department and Wood River Fire & Rescue.
More personnel and equipment resources have joined the firefighting effort in the past 24 hours. Firefighters now number over 500 and include an additional five engines from local fire departments to support structure protection and patrol where the fire perimeter is nearing residences along Deer Creek Road.
Details about the fire and road closures are available at www.inciweb.org/incident/3635/.
Residents can register for the Everbridge emergency alert system at http://www.blainecounty911.org/systems.asp.
Fire Information Center call lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 877-647-0663 and 877-640-3904.