Beaver Creek Fire Update for August 16, 2013 7:30 AM
Incident: Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire
Date: Friday, August 16, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
Fire Information Numbers: 877-647-0663, 877-711-1333 and 877-640-3904
Active Fire Behavior Expected to Continue Today
Firefighters Focus on Structure Protection
Extremely active fire behavior on the Beaver Creek Fire is expected again today. A Red Flag warning for high gusty winds and low relative humidity has been issued for the area. Wind gusts from the south and southeast are expected to reach 30 mph while relative humidity is expected to dip to 9-15 percent. Very dry fuels are easily ignited. In the sage and grass fire can travel rapidly, but air assets are effective. Fire is expected to readily reach tree tops in the timber fuels and "spot" up to 1 mile away. Spot fires are created by airborne embers. Heavy timber patches located on south-facing slopes are expected to burn heavily.
Firefighters today will continue structure protection efforts and expand the area they are working in. In addition to continuing structure protection in Deer Creek and Zinc Spur, Greenhorn Gulch, Timber Gulch, Golden Eagle, there will be engine crews in the communities of Ketchum and Sun Valley. A retardant plant will be re-located near Ketchum today, for rapid turn around and effective response.
Thursday the fire entered the old Castle Rock burn area through Warfield and Warm Springs creeks. Fire managers say the old burn scar remains a significant buffer in places where it burned clean. The fire also burned across Greenhorn Gulch to the north and near Timber Gulch. On the north end, the fire reached Baker Creek. On the west flank it moved west of Dollarhide Summit. Firefighters kept the fire east of Ditto Flat and east of Little Smoky Creek.
Aerial assets on the fire Thursday included National Guard aircraft supporting the Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS), also a DC-10 which is a Very Large Air Tanker carrying 11,600 gallons, and three large helicopters. A total of 628 personnel are now on the fire. In addition, there are nine helicopters, 16 hand crews, 41 engines and four bull dozers. The latest estimate shows the fire at 64,000 acres. Containment is less than nine percent, a decrease due to the increase in the size of the perimeter.
Authorities strongly urge all area residents to register for emergency alerts through the Blaine County website, at www.blainecounty.org. If you are advised to evacuate, leave immediately. The latest information on evacuations can be found at www.blainesheriff.com.