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Beaver Creek Fire Update

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By KMVT News

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )

Fire activity has been increased on the Beaver Creek Fire due to Red Flag conditions, including higher temperatures and wind gusts up to 38 miles an hour.

Currently 1,150 firefighters are working with 10 helicopters and 8 bulldozers to expand fire lines.

The fire is now approximately 100,921 acres in size and 8 percent contained.

Today, fire crews were inserted via helicopter into key areas on the western edge of Zone 1, where they will establish remote camps for the next several days.

Along the eastern edge, dozers and hand crews connected fire lines around homes in Ketchum and Hailey.

The most significant fire growth occurred on the north and south ends of the fire. Six helicopters, supported by fixed-wing aircraft dropping retardant, were critical to slowing the fire's advance in this area.

Similar conditions are expected tomorrow, and Fire Meteorologist Jeremy Wolf advises "warm temperatures and relative humidity in the 10 to 11 percent range will again challenge firefighters, but wind gusts should drop slightly--down to 25 mile per hour gusts."

Details about the fire are available at inciweb.org and evacuation information can be found at blainesheriff.com.


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