History of Fires in Blaine County


By KMVT News

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

The Beaver Creek Fire has grown to over 100,000 acres. With that, many residents have been evacuated and homes have been threatened.

However, officials point out that the area is no stranger to these types of fires.

Says Jake Brollier, information officer, "the ones that do escape initial attack, there are a lot of those too just because of the nature of where we live and how dry it gets in the summer."

For many residents of Hailey and Ketchum the Beaver Creek fire is all too similar to a fire that threatened the area back in 2007.

Says Larry Schoen with the Blaine County commissioner’s office, "in 2007 of course we had the Castle Rock Fire and of course there were evacuations in that fire."

Adds Brollier, "the residents around here are very familiar with that and I'm sure they have memories, not very fond ones, of when that fire was close to their homes and this reminds them of that."

The Castle Rock Fire grew to around 48,000 acres. Ironically, it’s helping firefighters fight the Beaver Creek blaze.

Says Brollier, "the Castle Rock Fire actually did some good. It’s able to buffer us now from those communities."

Adds Schoen, "it’s serving as kind of a buffer between the cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley. The fuels are lighter there. We learned a lot of lessons in fighting that fire."

However, due to the weather conditions the Beaver Creek Fire has proven to be more intense and unpredictable.

Says Brollier, "August seems to be the peak and then after August the weather patterns start to change, and we do see a taper in September."

Firefighters working around the clock remain hopeful homes will stay protected.

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