UPDATE: All Beaver Creek Fire Pre-Evacuation zones lifted
Maria Decaney, and The Associated Press
The Blaine County Sheriff's Office announced that all current Beaver Creek Fire Pre-Evacuation zones were lifted, effective 12:00 p.m. August 23, 2013.
Residents are asked to maintain situational awareness at all times and to depart again immediately should conditions change or they are in danger.
The Sheriff is encouraging the public to respect the privacy of residents in the worst affected fire areas and remain clear of those areas so those residents have time to assess their fire damages.
Note: The following areas remain closed at this time:
Galena Summit south to the SNRA Headquarters on both sides of Hwy 75 including Baker Creek and Easley remains closed by the Forest Service. For information about closures see www.fs.usda.gov.
Croy Creek Canyon west of Red Elephant Gulch Road remains closed by the Bureau of Land Management. For information about the closure see www.blm.gov\id
In addition, the Sheriff's Office extended its thanks for the amazing response to its request for bandanas for firefighters.
As of Friday morning, the Sheriff's Office had received over 7,000 bandanas from across the community and the nation.
There is still a need for bandanas as current crews and newly arriving crews work the fires. The Sheriff's Office encourages those sending bandanas to attach 'thank you' notes or write on the bandanas.
A box for bandana donation is located in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office, located at 1650 Aviation Drive in Hailey, ID 83333. Bandanas can also be sent to the same address.
Effective 11:15 a.m. Thursday August 22, 2013, Croy Creek Canyon from Big Wood Bridge west to Red Elephant Gulch Rd. will return to Pre-Evacuation status.
Effective 10:45 a.m. Thursday, residents of Greenhorn Gulch, Golden Eagle, and Timber Gulch south down to Greenhorn Bridge will be allowed to return to Pre-Evacuation status.
Effective 3:00 p.m., Glassford Heights north to the SNRA Headquarters on both sides on Hwy including Fox Creek Eagle Creek, Chocolate Gulch and North Fork Trailer Park returned to Pre-Evacuation status.
Effective 4:00 p.m., Hospital Bridge south to Timber Gulch on the west side of Highway 75 including Owl Rock Rd, Clear Creek Canyon Rd., and Cold Springs Gulch will return to Pre-Evacuation status.
As of 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, residents of Zinc Spur north to south side of Greenhorn Bridge west of Hwy 75 will be allowed to return to pre-evacuation status.
As of 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, residents of East Fork Canyon including Triumph will be allowed to return to Pre-Evacuation status.
This Return Notification does NOT include any other areas at this time.
Residents are urged to maintain situational awareness and be prepared to depart again IMMEDIATELY should conditions change.
UPDATE 8/19/13 5:39 pm:
The Blaine County Sheriff's Office announced portions of Ketchum and Sun Valley on the east side of the bike path from Elkhorn Road and Highway 75 north to Saddle Road are lifted from Pre-Evacuation status. This does not include Warm Springs and Lane Ranch.
(Please NOTE the west side of the bike path in Ketchum from Elkhorn Road and Hwy 75 north to Saddle Road WILL REMAIN on Pre-Evacuation Notice)
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Residents of about 100 homes in Central Idaho were allowed to return Monday but about 2,000 homes remained under mandatory evacuation orders due to the 160-square-mile Beaver Creek Fire.
Blaine County spokeswoman Bronwyn Nickel says the fire is only 8 percent contained. About 1,150 firefighters including elite teams known as hotshots are reinforcing fire lines with the help of aircraft.
Fire spokesman Richard Reuse says the weather is favorable for an air attack.
The fire grew only about 5 square miles on Sunday as firefighters took advantage of less windy conditions and aircraft zoomed in and out with retardant drops. Fire engines protected homes in the affluent area.
On Monday morning the Blaine County Sheriff's Office announced the lifting of Mandatory Evacuation status and a return to Pre-Evacuation status for the following areas only:
As of 9 a.m. residents of Indian Creek were allowed to return via the following route:
East on McKercher Blvd (Albertson's light), north on Buttercup to Indian Creek Road.
Residents are not to use the North Buttercup entrance from the highway.
As of 10 a.m. residents of The Valley Club were allowed to return via the following route:
Use the north Valley Club entrance via Ohio Gulch.
- Residents are not to use the North Buttercup entrance from the highway.
As of 11:30 a.m. residents of Ohio Gulch and the Heatherlands were allowed to return as well.
The Return Notification does not include any other areas at this time.
The Indian Creek and Valley Club areas remain on pre-evacuation status.
Those affected are asked to maintain situational awareness and to be prepared to evacuate again immediately should conditions change.
Fire activity is analyzed hourly to determine whether or not it is safe to allow residents to return to their homes.
The Sheriff's Office emphasized the importance of staying away from areas that have been evacuated, stating "returning prematurely endangers the fire suppression effort, personal safety and the safety of fire crews and law enforcement."
A full list of mandatory evacuations and pre-evacuations follows:
CURRENT UPDATED MANDATORY EVACUATION AREAS
Take your essentials belongings and pets and GO NOW. Once you have left you will not be let back in until the Evacuation Order is lifted.
- Galena Summit south to North Fork (SNRA Headquarters) on both sides of Hwy 75 including Easley.
- Glassford Heights North to SNRA on both sides of Hwy 75 including Fox Creek, Eagle Creek, Chocolate Gulch and North Fork Trailer Park
- Hospital bridge south up to the north side of East Fork on both sides of Highway including Broadway Run and the Meadows
- All Deer Creek from the Hwy 75 west
- Treasure Lane south to including Aspen Lakes west of Hwy 75 (does not include Northridge)
- Croy Creek Canyon from Big Wood Bridge west
All public lands from Galena Summit south the the SNRA Headquarters are closed on both sides of Hwy 75. Additionally public lands north of Hwy 20 to Galena Summit are closed west of Hwy 75.
CURRENT PRE-EVACUATION AREAS
Be prepared to leave immediately if conditions change
- East Fork Canyon
- All Ohio Gulch, and Heatherlands
- Indian Creek and Valley Club
- The west side of the bike path in Ketchum from Elkhorn Road and Hwy 75 north to Saddle Road
- Residents of Hailey west of River Street including Queen of the Hills Drive, Sherwood Forest and Della View Subdivision (Does not include Albertson's)
- Greenhorn Gulch, Golden Eagle, and Timber Gulch south down to Treasure Lane west of Hwy 75
Fire activity is analyzed hourly to determine when it is safe to allowresidents to return to their homes.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO ANY EVACUATED AREAS.
Returning prematurely endangers the fire suppression effort, your personal safety and the safety of fire crews and law enforcement.
Those physically unable to evacuate should call 9-1-1.