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Plea from Beaver Creek Firefighters’ for Bandana’s Answered As Fire Continues To Burn

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By Paul Johnson

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - It all started when firefighters asked Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey for bandana’s. The support was overwhelming according to the forest service. Enough bandana’s were donated so every firefighter has been equipped with one. In a news release, the forest service said, “thanks for your gracious generosity.”
As far as the Beaver Creek fire goes, it’s now estimated at 110,209 acres with 47% contained. There are currently 1721 personnel assigned to the incident.
Today, on the north end of the fire crews are holding the line and putting out spots along Baker Lake Road.
Hotshot crews continue line construction from the 2007 Castle Rock fire back toward the East Fork of Baker Creek to connect that portion of the fire line. In the Big Wood River corridor north of Greenhorn, hotshot crews are working on interior hot spots in the Cold Springs area. One hotshot crew spent last evening on site to get an earlier start this morning. When this operation is complete, resources will be shifted north to the Baker Creek area.
Mandatory evacuations on the east side of the highway in Cold Spring, Gimlet and the Meadows were downgraded to pre-evacuation status.

In the Croy Canyon area, hotshot crews are working from the west and east to secure the southern perimeter and prevent the fire from any southern movement. Utilizing handline construction and burning good progress is being made to secure this area. Mandatory evacuations are in effect in this area for public and firefighter safety.

In Zone 1 of the fire, thunderstorms are likely in the early to late afternoon with the potential for significant amounts of moisture.
Excessive rain my cause debris flows while gusty winds pose a safety risk for firefighters working near standing burned trees and along steep ridges. Several Zone 1 firefighting crews are being released for required days off or reassignment to other fires. Remaining firefighters will continue to construct containment lines along the western flank.

A fire line rehabilitation work group has been formed to start rehabilitating fire lines that are no longer needed for the fire. Work will begin once the equipment arrives.

The weather forecast for today includes a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms as clouds push in from Nevada. A 30% chance also exists for wetting rain over the fire area today. A red flag warning has been issued through midnight tonight for the possibility of thunderstorms producing gusty erratic winds.

Idaho big game hunting seasons are fast approaching with the first controlled hunt for Antelope beginning on August 30th. Hunters are reminded that area closures are in effect for the Forest Service and BLM managed lands in and around the fire area.


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