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Beaver Creek Fire Containment At 67%

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By Paul Johnson

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The estimated size for the Beaver creek fire is 111,163 but the good news is that containment is estimated at 67%. With nearly 1,500 personnel assigned to the fire, officials say as conditions improve that number will decrease. Light rain occurred nearly everywhere on the fire last night. Last night’s rain will limit fire activity for today and very little fire activity was reported by Fire Managers last night.
On the northern perimeter of the fire, hotshot crews continued constructing handline from the northeastern corner of the 2007 Castle Rock fire, east along the ridge line towards the East Fork of Baker Creek road. Aerial ignition from Wednesday afternoon’s burnout continued to creep down from the ridge line to the East Fork of the Baker Creek road. Crews were stationed along the road to secure the line and stop any spots from crossing the road. The fire has stalled above the Norton Lake road. Plans are to hold the fire where it has stopped and not burn out down to the road and trailhead.
Hotshot crews continue to work in Timber Gulch, securing hotspots inside the fireline. Smoke will be visible in this area until the heavy fuels burn out. All rehabilitation was completed in Deer Creek. Two hotshot crews are working towards each other on the southern perimeter of the fire to tie in the ridge lines above Kinsey Creek, Wolftone Gulch and over to Kelly Mountain. Progress is being made to finish construction of this fireline. If conditions permit, a burnout could take place today.
Mandatory evacuations are still in effect from Galena Summit south to the SNRA Headquarters on both sides of Hwy 75 including Baker Creek and Easley and also Croy Creek Canyon west of Red Elephant Gulch Road.
In Zone 1, widely scattered thunderstorms and light rain arrived late in the night. Today, firefighters will look for possible new fires in the area while continuing to strengthen containment lines along the western flank. Firefighting crews continue to be released from Zone 1 for days off or reassignment. The Zone 1 Simon Helibase will support operations throughout the day. Many air resources will then be released or reassigned at the end of the day; any helicopters remaining on the incident will be transferred over to Zone 2 in Hailey. Rehabilitation crews will continue to recontour and reseed bulldozer and hand lines.
John Kidd’s Type 2 Incident Management Team will be released from the fire tomorrow morning and the Incident Command Post near Fairfield will be dismantled. Command of the entire Beaver Creek Fire will be returned to one team since containment efforts in Zone 1 continue. John Kidd and his team would like to thank the residents of the Camas Prairie and Wood River Valley for their support, hospitality, and generosity since the team’s arrival two weeks ago.
Marty Adell’s Type 2 Incident Management Team is scheduled to take over the entire Beaver Creek Fire Sunday night and will be left with the appropriate amount of air and ground resources to continue to fight this fire.
Idaho big game hunting seasons are fast approaching with the first controlled hunt for Antelope beginning on August 30th. Hunters are reminded that area closures are in effect for the Forest Service and BLM managed lands in and around the fire area.

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