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Emergency Ordinance Passes in Blaine County
Hailey, Idaho ( KMVY-TV / KTWT-TV )
An emergency ordinance was passed today in Blaine County to create an emergency site alteration permitting process to help with property protection efforts following the Beaver Creek Fire.
The effects from the fire are still being felt. Mudslides and flooding have caused concern for residents in affected areas.
Says Ron Jolliffe, "I'm a resident, I live in Greenhorn, which was ground zero for the flood and the fire. Fortunately my house, the roof burned but the rest didn't so I was one of the fortunate ones."
Larry Schoen, Chairman of the Blaine County Commissioners, adds, "the effects of those events was some of the property owners went on the hillsides and moved around dirt to try to prevent future down flows of debris. That might have caused some situations where they cause hazards for neighbors."
Commissioners are taking steps to prevent these dangerous situations from happening in the future.
The new ordinance should help out.
Adds Schoen, "I think that's important because no person wants to be in conflict with their neighbor over their neighbor's attempts to protect their property."
Jolliffe says, "this emergency measure that passed is extremely necessary. People did take some unneeded actions because they were afraid and do put other homes in danger and I'm just glad our County Commissioners are addressing that."
Schoen says, "The permit process gets the Commissioners and the County Engineer involved and gets people working together to avoid those problems."
The county is working with landowners and different agencies to help rehabilitate damaged land.
Making progress towards recovery, one step at a time.