August 15, 2012 7:30 AM Beaver Creek Update
Incident: Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire
Fire Moves into Deer Creek Date: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 7:30 a.m.
Fire Information Numbers: 877-647-0663 and 877-640-3904
Yesterday, the Beaver Creek Fire acreage increased by 5,434 acres, moving primarily to the east and northeast and bringing the total size to 44,173. In the process, the fire crossed pre-identified lines that prompted specific decisions by the Great Basin Incident Management Team and Blaine County. For the team, proximity of the fire to homes caused a decision to begin a night shift. A second change was activation of structure protection groups and the initiation of Unified Command. With Unified Command, leadership of fire management is shared among the Great Basin Team, the Ketchum Fire Department, and the Wood River Fire and Rescue.
Blaine County announced pre-evacuation orders for both Deer Creek, west of Big Wood River, and Greenhorn Gulch residents. These notifications served to provide advanced warning to residents that evacuations may be imminent. Late yesterday, 6 residences in Deer Creek were evacuated. One structure was reported destroyed. Damage assessments are being conducted today in the area.
Aerial support has played a major role in slowing progress of the fire and establishing containment lines, especially in the areas of very active fire and steep, rough terrain. Yesterday, more than 40,000 gallons of fire retardant were dropped to slow the fire’s progress and buy time for firefighters to construct containment lines.
Yesterday, the fire moved east across ridge tops and valleys near War Dance, but it is still several miles from the highway in this area. There was also active fire growth in the Deer Creek area. On the northern perimeter, the fire advanced to within one mile of the Baker Creek drainage. Fire growth was aided by gusty winds, low humidity and an unstable air. Due to the increase of burned acreage, fire containment decreased to 11 percent.
A community meeting is set for 7 p.m. tonight at the Church of the Big Wood at 100 Saddle Rd, in Ketchum.
Details about the fire and road closures are available at inciweb.org/incident/3635/. Residents can register for the Everbridge emergency alert system at BlaineCounty.org by clicking on the Emergency Alert System tag.
Fire information lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 877-647-0663 and 877-640-3904. If you receive a notification from Everbridge, please respond so the Sheriff’s Office knows you received the message.
Fire Information Center call lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 877-647-0663 and 877-640-3904.
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