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Homeowners Evacuating In Hailey

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By Andrew Reed

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Firefighters are actively working on containing the Beaver Creek Complex fire.

Just northwest of Hailey in the Sawtooth National Forest, the fire continues to burn for a ninth day.

So far, the fire has destroyed one building and forced the evacuations of more than 20 homes.

Officials say the fire destroyed a one-room sleeping cabin near Claredon Hot Springs.

The beaver creek fire has torched 68-square miles and burned over 44-thousand acres.

More than 500-firefighters are battling flames. The beaver creek fire is one of the top priority fires in the nation for resources.

"We have been elevated to a higher priority level just because of the structures threaten and the evacuations and pre-evacuations. It is definitely enough to get nationwide attention and we anticipate that we will get more resources,” said Jake Brollier, Bureau of Land Management.

As the fire moves closer to homes, Hailey residents are rushing to clear brush around their property and pack their belongs.

Evacuee Aaron Dechevrieux, a longtime Hailey homeowner, is doing all he can to help firefighters.

"We've had a plan in place since the last time we had a fire and we've been following on that and what's important to us. We want to save as much as we can and help local resources with our own private property,” said Aaron Dechevrieux.

Aerial support has played a major role in slowing progress of the fire and establishing containment lines, giving residents hope.

"We also have the old castle rock burn in 2007 between. Because of that we have a little buffer that we hope will slow the advance of the fire."

A buffer, but the fire is still threatening homes in the area.

"There are a lot of people who live here full-time; some are coming back to their vacation homes. Two-thirds of the people in the sub division are full-time people."

A resort community which hasn't seen a large fire since 2007.


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