Six Structures Threatened One Destroyed Evacuations Ordered In Beaver Creek Fire


By Paul Johnson

UPDATE 4:05 PM - From the Blaine County Sheriffs office: Residents in the area of Timber Gulch all the way South to Cloverly Ranch on the West side of Highway are under PRE-EVACUATION NOTICE. There is NOT an evacuation.

From Intermountain Gas: “Due to a wildfire threatening homes in the Greenhorn Gulch area northwest of Hailey, Idaho, Intermountain Gas Company has performed an emergency shutdown of its natural gas system. At this time, up to 93 gas customers in the area will lose natural gas service.
Once the evacuation has been lifted, and it is safe to enter the area, Intermountain Gas crews will begin the process to restore service. Intermountain crews will go door-to-door to re-light the customers’ gas appliances and equipment. Additional personnel are on standby to be dispatched to the area if assistance is needed. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.”

UPDATE: 11:27am Residents in the area of Cloverly Ranch all the way to Treasure Lane on the West side of Highway are under Pre-Evacuation Notice. There is NOT an evacuation order at this time. This notification is to prepare for evacuation on short notice. Residents will be notified should a mandatory evacuation become necessary.

Ketchum, Idaho (KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) – The fire burning west of Ketchum and Hailey has destroyed one building and has forced the evacuation of six residences. A privately owned one room sleeping cabin near Claredon hot springs has burned.

At 10:30 this morning, the Sheriffs office ordered a mandatory evacuation for the Greenhorn Gulch area from the arch west. The order does not include Golden Eagle. In addition as of approximately midnight last night, Deer Creek from the Big Woodbridge west is under mandatory evacuation as well.

A Red Cross Shelter has been set up at the Community Campus in Hailey for displaced residents. Residents needing assistance moving horses or other animals are asked to call the Blaine County Public Information Officer at 720-8774.

By Thursday morning, the Beaver Creek Fire had torched 68 square miles, prompting deployment of 500 firefighters, numerous air tankers and other resources in a bid to slow its advance.

Those along Highway 75 north of the Town of Hailey saw the flame front of the Beaver Creek Fire moving east across ridge tops and valleys near War Dance. The fire is still several miles from the highway in this area. There was also active fire growth in the Deer Creek drainage with crown runs observed in timber stands. On the northern perimeter, the fire advanced to within one mile of the Baker Creek drainage. The fire grew larger today aided by gusty winds, low humidity and an unstable air. Due to the increase of burned acreage, fire containment decreased to 11 percent.

Today’s fire weather conditions are forecasted to repeat on Thursday and Friday. Predicted instability, gusty winds and low relative humidities have already led to a Red Flag Warning being issued for the region by the National Weather Service.

A pre-evacuation order was issued at noon Wednesday for residents located in the upper drainage of Deer Creek, west of the Big Wood River. The pre-evacuation order issued by the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office occurred because the fire reached a pre-planned management action point established by the incident management team and agency cooperators. A second pre-evacuation order was issued later in the afternoon for Greenhorn Gulch residents. Issuance of these pre-evacuation orders provides residents in these communities time to prepare for possible evacuations. Blaine County government is also providing options for transporting and boarding horses that may be in the path of the wildfire. Accompanying this second order, the fire suppression management moved to a Unified Command that includes the Great Basin Incident Management Team, Ketchum Fire Department and Wood River Fire & Rescue.

More personnel and equipment resources have joined the firefighting effort in the past 24 hours. Firefighters now number over 500 and include an additional five engines from local fire departments to support structure protection and patrol where the fire perimeter is nearing residences along Deer Creek Road.

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