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Blaine County Evacuations: Keeping The Public Safe
Wood River Valley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) As the Beaver Creek Fire continues to burn residents in Blaine County are finding themselves playing a game of cat and mouse with evacuation orders.
As Joey Martin with Idaho’s first news explains.
Officials are asking that residents remain calm.
"Remain situationally aware... we are still very sensitive to the fire behavior and want people to know that we want them back in their homes."
Since the Beaver Creek Fire began threatening structures a little less than a week ago.
Over 10,000 homes and businesses have been placed on either pre evacuation or a mandatory evacuation order.
That means the number of residents hitting the streets has increased.
And with that increase comes the problem of keeping the community safe.
"Were as anxious for people as they are themselves to get back in their homes as soon as possible but to do it safely."
Said Blaine County Commissioner Larry Schoen
One of the main problems for officials is the number of people stopping their cars along Highway 75 to take in the action.
"I've actually witnessed people just stopping... they see an amazing flare up or fire behavior and they literally stop their car in the center of the road and take a photograph... its juts not safe just pulling off the road and then getting back on with the fire traffic and the smoke... we just really discourage that."
Another aspect is the switch between mandatory evacuation orders back to pre evacuation orders.
Officials from the Blaine County want to remind those who are allowed back into your neighborhood... Don't start unpacking.
Fire officials warn that the winds can change direction at a moment's notice and your home could be placed back on a mandatory order.
"The winds are really erratic right now; you can feel the gust even as we speak. So the fire fighters are having to adjust accordingly. Incident command it constantly having to reevaluate where to deploy fire fighting resources."
The Blaine County Sheriff's Office has dedicated a portion of their website for the most up–to–date evacuation orders.
You can log onto that website at WWW.BLAINECOUNTY.ORG