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Idaho Power Beaver Creek Fire Update

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By Michelle Bartlome

UPDATE: 7:00PM
It was a challenging day for Idaho Power crews repairing and replacing structures damaged overnight by the fast-moving Beaver Creek Fire. While crews made progress, there were also fire-related setbacks.

Overnight, fire damaged seven structures on a Hailey distribution line, which runs through Croy Canyon and Deer Creek. Today we replaced the seven and brought customers back online, only to see the fire shift and burn through the structures a second time. All 210 affected customers in that area were re-energized by about 6:15 this evening.

Additionally, power is out for about 81 customers from the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to Galena Lodge. Idaho Power was directed by the Forest Service to de-energize the area due to fire concerns.

Crews continue repairs on the King-Wood River transmission line, where we lost 12 structures overnight. Fortunately, the Silver transmission line, which provides redundancy by also feeding the Wood River Valley, was not affected and is supplying customer power.

“We've been in contact with all three Blaine County Commissioners, the Ketchum mayor and Forest Service officials,” said Idaho Power Area Manager Jim Bell. “We are working closely with all involved as the dynamic situation continues to develop, and Idaho Power crews from Hailey and elsewhere are working diligently and safely to repair the fire damage to structures.”

Bell also pointed out that it is important to understand that even when we complete repairs, we cannot re-energize lines until the fire incident commander gives us the green light that it’s safe to do so, from a firefighting perspective.

Idaho Power has been working diligently to increase our defensible space around structures in threatened areas by managing vegetation that can serve as fuel for fire. Although we lost structures last night, our vegetation management efforts were largely successful, preventing what could have been more extensive fire-related damage. On the Beaver Creek Fire specifically, crews have been working proactively since Sunday clearing vegetation from around structures using a combination of a “Brush Hog” vegetation clearing machine and chemical retardants.

Crews also are carefully monitoring the one transmission line between Hailey and Ketchum. It is the only main source of power to the north valley; however, it is on the east side of Highway 75 and not currently threatened.

More information is available at Idaho Power’s 24-hour outage line, at 388-2323, or 800-488-6150 from outside the Treasure Valley. Outage and crisis information also is available on Twitter (@idahopower) and at facebook.com/idahopower. For outage tips and preparation info, visit www.idahopower.com/outagetips.


Blaine County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Overnight, the fast-moving Beaver Creek Fire caused damage to Idaho Power structures on two different lines, despite vigilant efforts by crews to manage vegetation that can serve as fuel for fire.

The fire roared through the Moonstone transmission line, which feeds the Wood River Valley, at about 1 a.m., damaging 12 structures and knocking out power to 852 customers.

Fortunately, the Silver transmission line, which provides redundancy by also feeding the Wood River Valley, was not affected; customer power was restored about an hour later by diverting their power needs to that line.

Fire also damaged seven structures on a Hailey distribution line, which runs through Croy Canyon and Deer Creek. That outage affected 1,652 customers for a short period around 3 a.m. 133 customers remain out on that line.

Idaho Power crews are working diligently and safely to repair the fire damage to structures. All Hailey crews have been deployed, and a four-person crew from Pocatello is also on the scene.

Crews also are carefully monitoring the one transmission line between Hailey and Ketchum. It is the only main source of power to the north valley; however, it is on the east side of Hwy. 75 and not currently threatened.

“We are working closely with fire incident command as the dynamic situation continues to develop,” said Idaho Power Area Manager Jim Bell. “It is important to understand that even when we complete repairs, we cannot re-energize lines until the fire incident commander gives us the green light that it’s safe to do so, from a firefighting perspective.”

Idaho Power has been working diligently to increase our defensible space around structures in threatened areas. Although we lost structures last night, our vegetation management efforts were largely successful, preventing what could have been more extensive fire-related damage. On the Beaver Creek Fire specifically, crews have been working proactively since Sunday clearing vegetation from around structures using a combination of a “Brush Hog” vegetation clearing machine and chemical retardants.

More information is available at Idaho Power’s 24-hour outage line, at 388-2323, or 800-488-6150 from outside the Treasure Valley. Outage and crisis information also is available on Twitter (@idahopower) and at facebook.com/idahopower. For outage tips and preparation info, visit www.idahopower.com/outagetips.


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