Full Containment Reached on The Beaver Creek Wildfire
Incident: Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire
Incident Commander, Scott Johnson announced yesterday that, “fire crews have done an excellent job with extinguishing hot spots and putting out the remaining smokes. While we have a couple more days of rehabilitation work to do, the fire is now 100 percent contained.”
Yesterday, engine and handcrews patrolled and monitored the southern portion of the fire and did not find significant hotspots along the perimeter. A helicopter was used to back haul remaining supplies from the fire’s interior.
In the northern perimeter along Beaver Creek, crews continued to repair damage caused when containment lines were constructed during suppression activities.
No active fire behavior on the fire was observed for the second day in a row. Interior hot spots may continue to burn and cause occasional smoke until cool weather and rain are able to fully extinguish the fire.
Reconnaissance flights are scheduled to conduct a final evaluation of the fire today. Additional flights will be conducted by an incoming Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team that will arrive Tuesday. The BAER team will assess the burned area to map burn severity and take emergency stabilization measures to prevent erosion.
The area closure that was updated August 30 will be evaluated in the coming days. The Forest will make a determination when it is safe to allow the public back into the closed area.
A transfer of command back to the local unit is tentatively scheduled to take place September 4.
This will be the last fire update for the Beaver Creek Fire. For information about the Beaver Creek BAER, visit www.inciweb.org