Update: Beaver Creek Fire Prompts More Evacuations In Idaho's Blaine County

Aug 15, 2013

Advancement of the Beaver Creek Fire burning near Hailey and Ketchum has prompted structure protection. Some residents of Deer Creek have evacuated. More in that community and in the Greenhorn Gulch area could also be forced to leave.
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Update 6:53 p.m.:  The Beaver Creek Fire continues to grow and a fire information officer says "It's an evolving situation." Thursday night the Blaine County Sheriff ordered more evacuations, this time for Timber Gulch South to Zinc Spur. 

MANDATORY EVACUATION IN EFFECT Timber Gulch South to Zinc Spur on West side of Highway 75 including all of Golden Eagle.

There are now pre-evacuations taking place for all of East Fork.

PRE-EVACUATION IN EFFECT for all of East Fork. Please be aware that officers are unable to go door to door for this notification as our resources are tied up with mandatory evacuations in other areas at this time. Please prepare for immediate evacuation. ~ Blaine County Sheriff's Office

The Beaver Creek Fire has burned more than 44,000 acres. There are 628 personnel working on this blaze and more resources were coming in Thursday.

Update 12:30 p.m.: Overnight growth of the Beaver Creek fire burning a few miles west of Highway 75 in Blaine County has led to mandatory evacuations in the Deer Creek and Greenhorn Gulch areas. The Blaine County Sheriff's Office has ordered the evacuations.

Update....August 15,2013 10:40 a.m. As of approximately 12:00 a.m. last night Deer Creek from the Big Wood bridge West is under MANDATORY EVACUATION. Additionally as of 10:30 a.m. GREENHORN GULCH from the arch West, NOT including Golden Eagle, is also under MANDATORY EVACUATION. - Blaine County Sheriff's Website

Residents of the Timber Gulch area have been issued a pre-evacuation notice, meaning they should prepare for a possible evacuation should the fire move closer.

Update....August 15, 2013 11:20 a.m. Residents in the area of Timber Gulch all the way South to Cloverly Ranch on the West side of Highway are under Pre-Evacuation Notice. There is NOT an evacuation order at this time. This notification is to prepare for evacuation on short notice. Residents will be notified should a mandatory evacuation become necessary. - Blaine County Sheriff's Website

A spokesperson for fire managers says the Beaver Creek fire was “extremely” active overnight. Public Information Officer Jonetta Trued says the fire burned through the Clarendon Hot Springs. Six nearby homes were saved.  The fire burned just one outbuilding in the area.

The Beaver Creek fire is federal fire managers’ #3 priority behind two new fires in Utah.

Original post:  The Beaver Creek Fire is threatening two communities in Blaine County. The sheriff’s office has told residents of the Deer Creek and Greenhorn Gulch areas to be ready for evacuations should the fire advance.

Already, six homes in Deer Creek have been evacuated and officials say one outbuilding has burned.  Firefighters’ work there includes structure protection on homes.

The fire grew by 5,434 acres Wednesday and has burned a total of 44,173 acres. Containment has shrunk to 11 percent. That’s despite more than 40,000 gallons of retardant dropped on the fire Wednesday. More than 500 people are now working the fire. 

Weather forecasters say conditions Thursday and Friday will hinder firefighters' efforts even more.  There’s a red flag warning for the region starting at noon Thursday and lasting into Friday night.

Fire managers will offer updates during a meeting at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum.

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