Containment Expected Today on The Beaver Creek Fire
Incident: Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire
After 23 days, the lightning-caused Beaver Creek fire is expected to be fully contained today. A transfer of command from Adell Great Basin IMT 7 Team to a Type 3 organization, led by Scott Johnson, occurred at 6 a.m. this morning.
The Incident Command Post in Hailey will close today. Remaining resources will work out of a small camp at Baker Creek through the duration of the incident. The new contact number for Incident Information is 208-559-1187.
Minimal fire activity on the fire was observed yesterday, though heavy smoke from the Kelley Fire, 25 air miles west of Hailey, Idaho, drifted into the Wood River Valley late in the afternoon. There is no threat from the Beaver Creek Fire to the surrounding communities.
Handcrews and engines will continue to mop up a small portion of the northern perimeter of the fire. Two light helicopters will be used today to conduct bucket drops and move equipment needed to support ground crews.
Containment lines are being rehabbed in the Baker Creek Drainage. Homeowners in the Newman Summer Home Tract were allowed back into the area Friday evening.
Several trails within the burned area closure are now open. This includes the Adam Gulch, Lake Creek, Fox Creek, Chocolate Gulch and Oregon Gulch Trailheads. Forest Trail #328 in the Bald Mountain Permit Area is open, as well as the Warm Springs Road, #227 from the National Forest boundary to Rooks Creek. Information on open areas is available on the Sawtooth National Forest website or Inciweb.
Warm and dry conditions are expected through the weekend. These conditions will promote growth on area fires, which may bring additional smoke into the Wood River Valley. Slightly cooler temperatures and higher humidity are expected to arrive Monday and into next week.
The Beaver Creek fire personnel would like to thank the communities in the Wood River Valley for their generous support of the wildland firefighters throughout the incident.
Updates will continue to be posted on Inciweb at www.inciweb.org/incident/3635/