Beaver Creek Fire Update for August 28, 2013
Incident: Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire
Burn Area Assessment to Start Next Week Fire Nearly Contained
Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team will begin studying the impact of the Beaver Creek Fire next week. Sawtooth National Forest officials say the team will do a rapid assessment to identify areas which may require emergency repairs. Such repairs may be needed to prevent severe erosion or flooding. The fire has burned 111,488 acres.
While the fire is not yet fully contained (it’s now 93%), the first phase of rehabilitation is already underway as crews repair 61 miles of bulldozer line and many additional miles of fire line built by hand. At the same time, fire fighters continue to work a few remaining trouble spots in remote and hard to reach areas. “We are feeling very confident about it” Incident Commander Marty Adell told a community meeting in Ketchum Tuesday night. Adell said another “day or day and a-half” of work should complete the job of making sure any remaining fire will not escape from inside the perimeter near structures. Adell says residents may continue to see smoke inside the burn area for another week or more.
“Although their (fire fighters) work is almost finished, ours is not” Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall told the meeting. Hall encouraged everyone to invite friends and family to Wagon Days this weekend and to other events this fall. Hall said help is needed to get the economy to bounce back from business lost during the fire.
Another public meeting to discuss the fire and rehabilitation is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Rd. in Hailey. It will be streamed live at www.coxhshub.com/cox-business/. Please monitor www.inciweb.org/incident/3635/ or the Great Basin IMT 7 Adell Facebook page for additional updates.
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