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Beaver Creek Complex Burning Out of Control
Fairfield, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )
UPDATE: The size of the fire has been reduced to 34,870 acres at last report. Officials say this was due to a more accurate mapping of the fire perimeter.
As of 9:15 pm last night, the fires were 16 percent contained.
The Beaver Creek Complex has fire crews working around the clock.
This, as the two fires explode overnight.
The Beaver Creek Complex, just outside of Fairfield, is burning out of control.
As of Sunday evening the two fires, which total roughly 50,000 acres, were zero percent contained.
"Right now it's pushing almost pretty much north. The east side of the fire has kind of held stable where it's at," said John Kidd, Type 2 Incident Commander.
More than five hundred personnel are battling the flames, along with seven helicopters, thirty–nine engines and four dozers.
"We have a couple of hot shot crews and we have some other type 2 crews working on the fire right now," said Beth Lund, Type 1 Incident Commander.
The losses so far have been significant, with 11buildings destroyed, including three homes, along with hundreds of livestock.
"The fire just moved so fast no one could get in there, the cows couldn't get out of the road and we kind of estimate that there might have been about 200 head that was lost... that would be cows and calves," said Kidd.
A type two management team took control of both fires Saturday morning, but come Monday morning a type one team will take control of the Beaver Creek fire.
"They've done a really good job securing the southern flank as an anchor point. We just have to go from there," said Lund.
The Beaver Creek Fire grew significantly Saturday night. The concern for officials right now is to keep the fire from climbing over the top of the ridge and dropping down into the middle of Hailey.
"If it goes much to the east or much more to the north it will be lined up in some drainages that will carry it down toward the structures," said Kidd.
Red Flag Warnings coupled with the threat of thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday afternoon will push the fire risk even higher.
A VLAT or Very Large Air Tanker has been making retardant drops throughout the last few days.
The DC–10 can drop 11,600 gallons of retardant for a distance of one mile in a single drop.