Beaver Creek Fire Update for August 17, 2013 9 PM
Incident: Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire
Fire Information Numbers PUBLIC: 877-707-2487, 877-647-0663, 877-640-3904, 877-711-1333Media line: 877-641-9394Saturday brings a break in dry weather for firefightersCloud cover and a slight increase in relative humidity provided a much needed break for firefighters today whilethey worked on securing containment along the Highway 75 corridor and continued structure protection on theeast flank and north end of the fire.Hand crews and engine crews worked on anchoring the contingency line from Hailey through Croy Canyon,and completed line south of Ketchum tying into dozer lines from Castle Rock to secure Ketchum. One largesmoke column near Greenhorn Gulch today was an interior island of fuel burning out. This evening the fire wasdropping down off of the Carbonite range. Aerial assets dropped retardant to cool the fire's edge. Firepersonnel tonight will concentrate on keeping the fire on the west side of the highway. Power was restored inDeer Creek.Toward the north, the fire is at Baker Lake coming down into Baker Creek following the road. Fire managerssay the fire was smoldering and backing in that area today. Structure protection efforts continued amongsummer cabins and other homes due to the fire's potential northern movement. A retardant plant was alsoplaced toward the northeast corner of the fire. On the west, the fire did not move. Firefighters continued mopupon that perimeter and were supported by large helicopters dropping retardant.Sunday weather conditions are expected to remain slightly more favorable for firefighting efforts. Althoughwinds will continue to be gusty, more moisture is expected in the air.There are now 19 aircraft supporting the Beaver Creek Fire, including 7 heavy helicopters (out of the 22available nationally), 5 medium and light helicopters, and 4 fixed-wing aircraft. There are 25 hand crews and 88engine crews, 8 dozers and 20 watertenders assigned to the fire.Blaine County Sheriff’s Office evacuated Galena Summit south to North Fork on both sides of Hwy 75,including Easley. Glassford Heights north to the SNRA on both sides of Hwy 75 including Fox Creek, EagleCreek, Chocolate Gulch and the North Fork Trailer Park are also included. Lake Creek is listed on preevacuation.The latest information on evacuations can be found at www.blainesheriff.com. All area residentsshould register for emergency alerts through the Blaine County website, at www.blainecounty.org. If you areadvised to evacuate, leave immediately.The fire was mapped early Saturday morning at 92,754 acres. Containment is now at nine percent.