Beaver Creek Fire Has Burned 106,323 Acres


By Paul Johnson

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The Beaver Creek Fire burning in the Sun Valley area continues to rip through the area, burning 106,323 acres and is 9-percent contained. There are currently 1,835 personnel assigned to the fire. Fire continues to back down drainages in the Baker Creek area. Firefighters will build fire line around the narrow tip of the fire in the northeast and connect it to the burned area of the old Castle Rock Fire. Crews are working to keep the fire from reaching highway 75.
In the Big Wood Corridor, between Ketchum and Greenhorn, crews will primarily be working on top of Cold Mountain. Hot shot crews will continue to build fireline and will be assisted by helicopters making water drops. Dozer lines have already been reinforced with retardant drops. North of Hailey, engines will continue to work along the road and mop up in areas along the road and stream.
In the southern portion of the fire, numerous retardant drops were made in the Wolftone drainage yesterday. Hot Shots will be working in that area again today, where the fire is expected to be active. Today, air operations will concentrate efforts in the Cold Springs Gulch area south of St. Luke’s Hospital.
Idaho National Guard has been working with the Blaine County Sheriff’s Department staffing checkpoints at road entrances and preventing access by unauthorized people.
Residents can register for the Everbridge emergency alert system at by clicking on the Emergency Alert Program tab on the left hand side of the page. Fire information lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 877-647¬0663, 877-711-1333 and 877-640-3904.
On Zone 1 yesterday, crews made good progress north of Dollarhide Mountain where approximately 500 acres burned into the East Fork drainage of Big Peak Creek. One of the crews working in that area will be transitioning back to Zone 2 this evening; this shift in personnel will have an impact on projected containment of Zone 1. Food and other supplies from the Incident Command Post in Fairfield are being delivered either by vehicle or helicopter to firefighters camping in remote locations. Crews are extinguishing hotspots within 100 feet of the containment lines in the areas of Lightning Creek and Wine Creek to reduce the threat of additional fire spread. Incident Commander John Kidd praised the crews – many of whom have come directly from other fires – for their excellent safety record while working in very challenging terrain.
Hand crews will continue to increase containment on the western flank today with assistance from the west wind. Headway is being made on the lower flank of the zone with crews extending the containment line around the southwest edge. Rehabilitation of fire suppression actions is nearly complete on the southernmost portion of the fire between Beaver Creek and Willow Creek.
Temperatures will be higher today, nearing the 90s, with humidity levels relatively stable in the upper teens. While expected thunderstorms have bypassed the area for now, the weather will be monitored closely through the day in anticipation of heavy rains forecast with the storms.

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