Beaver Creek Fire Recovery Aid Underway In Blaine County


By Andrew Reed

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A million-dollar recovery project is underway in Blaine County.

Commissioners approved five federal agency to start repairing land destroyed by the beaver creek fire.

In August this land was engulfed in flames, the beaver creek fire burned more than 110-thousand acres in the wood river valley.

presenting families that live there with a challenge.

“High flood risk due to burn activity, when you have a burn the water doesn't soak in all the way like it did before", said Commissioner Larry Schoen, Blaine County.

Blaine County officials are working with the natural resources conservation service agency to recover the land.

"The USGS is going to provide the county with an early warning system. Precipitation warning systems will go into the ground high up in the drainage areas. The county will pay a portion of the costs and USGS will pay a portion."

The U.S. Forest service is also assisting in the fire recovery, they plan to reseed burned areas and open closed trails. However, officials say it won't happen overnight.

"It's going to take awhile to recover; we are looking at some roads and trials that will be closed for a longtime we're talking more than two years,” said Sharon LaBrecque, U.S. Forest Service.

A scar on the land- serving as a reminder of the how far the county has come.

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