Crews make "significant progress" on Beaver Creek Fire

Maria Decaney

Photo: Image by Laura Shulz, inciweb.org

Crews make "significant progress" on Beaver Creek Fire

CREATED Aug. 21, 2013

Firefighters made significant progress Tuesday on the Beaver Creek Fire, which has burned 108,004 acres, mostly on the Sawtooth National Forest west of Hailey, Idaho. The fire was 30 percent contained Tuesday night. 1,714 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Aerial resources supported crews with water and retardant drops at the hottest perimeters of the fire Tuesday to prevent spread into nearby communities and recreation areas. The fire began with a lightning strike on August 7.

On Wednesday, Zone 1 fire crews progressed northward on the western flank of the fire.

Gusty winds pose a safety problem for firefighters working near standing dead trees and along steep ridges.

Isolated thunderstorms and associated showers are predicted to enter the area after 5 p.m. Wednesday, but they may bring significant amounts of moisture.

Several firefighting resources will be released on Wednesday for required days off, having worked the maximum number of consecutive days (14). Once they return, they will be available to respond to new or ongoing fires.

Zone 2 extends from Croy Creek near Hailey to the Baker Creek area northwest of Ketchum. In three major areas, firefighters are building line to connect burned areas and create a firm barrier between the fire and Highway 75.

Spike camps at Baker Creek and Croy Creek are serving as staging areas for containment efforts at those fronts, while other resources are constructing protective lines between Timber Gulch and the Bald Mountain ski area.

As the threat to Ketchum, Hailey and Baker Creek is alleviated, the Type 1 Incident Management Team will begin scaling down resources and sending them to other fires, according to Operations Chief Evans Kuo. With the nation at Priority Level 5 for the first time in five years, competition for resources is critical.

The Idaho National Guard has been working with the Blaine County Sheriff’s Department staffing checkpoints at road entrances and preventing access by unauthorized people.

Details about the fire are available at inciweb.org/incident/3635/.

Current evacuation information can also be found at blainesheriff.com.

Residents can register for the Everbridge emergency alert system at BlaineCounty.org by clicking on the Emergency Alert Program tab on the left hand side of the page.

Fire information lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 877-647-0663, 877-711-1333 and 877-640-3904.
 

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