Beaver Creek Fire Update for August 15, 2013 9 P.m
Incident: Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire
Date: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Extremely Active Fire Day More Red Flag Conditions Friday
The Beaver Creek Fire was extremely active Thursday afternoon, prompting the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office to issue additional evacuation and pre-evacuation notices. The latest information on evacuations can be found at www.blainesheriff.com. Fire managers are using all available resources to protect structures and prevent the fire from impacting the communities of Hailey, Ketchum and surrounding subdivisions and homes. A night shift crew of firefighters has been put in place to continue protecting threatened homes overnight. The fire has entered the old Castle Rock burn area in upper Warm Springs and Waverly Gulch, it is also burning in Greenhorn Gulch on the fire’s eastern side. On the northern head of the fire, it is now active in the upper Baker Creek drainage.
Authorities strongly urge all area residents to register for emergency alerts through the Blaine County website, at www.blainecounty.org. If you are advised to evacuate, leave immediately.
A weather inversion caused extremely smoky conditions in the Wood River Valley this morning and similar conditions are expected Friday morning. While the inversion dampens fire activity, poor visibility can hamper use of aircraft. Fire activity is expected to pick up again tomorrow once the inversion lifts, especially since strong winds and hot temperatures are predicted.
A total of 628 personnel are now on the fire. In addition, there are four helicopters, 16 hand crews, 41 engines and four bull dozers. A DC-10, also called a Very Large Air Tanker made one drop on the fire this afternoon.
The latest estimate shows the fire at 44,765 acres, though that figure may go up with better mapping tonight. Containment is now at nine percent, a decrease due to the increase in the size of the perimeter. A bunkhouse was destroyed, as well as three out buildings.
Details about the fire are available at inciweb.org/incident/3635/. Residents can register for the Everbridge emergency alert system at BlaineCounty.org by clicking on the Emergency Alert Program tab on the left hand side of the page. Fire information lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 877-647-0663, 877-711-1333 and 877-640-3904.