August 13, 2013 10:00 PM Update: Beaver Creek Fire
Incident: Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 10 p.m.
New Fire Information Numbers: 877-647-0663 and 877-640-3904
Weather expected to increase activity on Beaver Creek Fire
Shifting winds contributed to significant growth Tuesday on the Beaver Creek Fire and smoky conditions in the Highway 75 corridor between Sun Valley and Hailey, Idaho. The fire, which is west of Hailey, grew to 32,211 acres Tuesday evening — an increase of 9,800 acres over the previous day. Containment is 15 percent.
Forecasted weather conditions will likely lead to a higher level of fire activity on Wednesday. Based on a predicted Haines Index of 6, the air will become very unstable or almost chimney-like. This atmospheric condition favors a plume-dominated fire with the potential for long-range spotting.
The amount of growth and direction of the fire will also be influenced by prevailing and localized winds, fuel availability on the landscape and drainage alignment. The peak fire growth will likely occur after any inversion lifts and during the peak burn period from midafternoon to early evening.
Given the fire growth expected Wednesday, the incident management team and its cooperators may implement planned measures to protect structures closest to the fire perimeter in the Deer Creek drainage, Greenhorn Gulch and on Highway 75 near Baker Creek.
Aerial resources dumped 15,000 gallons of retardant on the fire Tuesday and will have more retardant available Wednesday thanks to a mobile retardant plant that went online Tuesday.
Communities near the fire perimeter should remain vigilant and continue to monitor fire activity updates. Details about the fire and road closures are available at inciweb.org/incident/3635/.
A community meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Center, 1050 Fox Acres Road, in Hailey.
Fire information lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 877-647-0663 and 877-640-3904.
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