Beaver Creek Complex Evening Fire Update
Incident: Mccan Fire Wildfire
This afternoon, Beth Lund’s Type 1 Incident Management Team arrived and received a briefing on the Beaver Creek Fire. Beginning tomorrow, the Beaver Creek Fire and McCan Fire will be managed separately, with John Kidd’s Type 2 Team retaining command of the McCan Fire. However, several aspects of the fire will be coordinated jointly between the two teams. All helicopters will be shared between the two fires, with a single helibase, which is now located near the command post east of Fairfield. The decision to split the management of the complex came as a result of the increased complexity of simultaneously managing two large fires in difficult terrain with limited access.
The reduction in acreage is due to more accurate mapping of the fire perimeter. Gusty winds this morning pushed smoke from the Pony and Elk Complexes into the Camas Prairie. Around mid-afternoon, the inversion finally lifted, and fire activity increased as a result. Smoke will continue to impact the communities in the Camas Prairie and Wood River Valley.
McCan Fire (18,189 acres) Firefighters are making very good progress in many areas of the fire. The southern portion of the fire has been contained and more containment is anticipated of the eastern portion of the fire by tomorrow evening. Fireline construction is now progressing into areas of the fire with challenging terrain and limited access.
Beaver Creek Fire (18,681 acres) The fire continued to progress into the head of Warm Springs Creek, spotting across the Warm Springs Road. Resources continue to monitor the fire’s position in Deer Creek, while also assessing the area for the necessary protection measures should the fire continue to move down drainage. Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) were used on the fire once again today.
Closures The area closure includes the entire Fairfield Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest.
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