August 21, 2013 AM Update: Beaver Creek Fire
Incident: Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire
Firefighters Make Progress on Beaver Creek Fire
Firefighters made significant progress Tuesday on the Beaver Creek Fire, which has burned 108,004 acres, mostly on the Sawtooth National Forest west of Hailey, Idaho. The fire was 30 percent contained Tuesday night, and 1,714 personnel are assigned to the fire.
Aerial resources supported line-building handcrews with water and retardant drops at the hottest perimeters of the fireTuesday to prevent spread into nearby communities and recreation areas. The fire began with a lightning strike Aug. 7.
On Zone 1, additional containment is expected today as fire crews progress northward on the western flank of the fire. Gusty winds do pose a safety problem for firefighters working near standing dead trees and along steep ridges. Isolated thunderstorms and associated showers are predicted to enter the area after 5 p.m., but they may bring significant amounts of moisture. Several firefighting resources are being released today to go home for required days off, having worked the maximum number of consecutive days (14).
Zone 2 extends from Croy Creek near Hailey to the Baker Creek area northwest of Ketchum. In three major areas, firefighters are building line to connect burned areas and create a firm barrier between the fire and Highway 75. Spike camps at Baker Creek and Croy Creek are serving as staging areas for containment efforts at those fronts, while other resources are constructing protective lines between Timber Gulch and the Bald Mountain ski area.
As the threat to Ketchum, Hailey and Baker Creek is alleviated, the Type 1 Incident Management Team will begin scaling down resources and sending them to other fires, according to Operations Chief Evans Kuo. With the nation at Priority Level 5 for the first time in five years, competition for resources is critical.
Idaho National Guard has been working with the Blaine County Sheriff’s Department staffing checkpoints at road entrances and preventing access by unauthorized people.
Details about the fire are available at inciweb.org/incident/3635/. Current evacuation information can also be found atblainesheriff.com. Residents can register for the Everbridge emergency alert system at BlaineCounty.org by clicking on the Emergency Alert Program tab on the left hand side of the page.