People of Northwest Public Radio
Mon August 19, 2013
Beaver Creek Update: Nearly 10,000 Homes On Evacuation Alert
More resources continue to pour into Idaho’s central mountains to fight a growing wildfire that has now consumed more than 150 square miles, or roughly the size of Detroit.
Lightning sparked the Beaver Creek Fire on August 7. Its rapid growth has pushed the blaze close enough to the resort towns of Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey to warrant mandatory evacuations for at least 22-hundred homes. Another 75-hundred homes are prepared to evacuate if it becomes necessary. Fire information manager Jonetta Trued says firefighters are doing all they can to keep the blaze away from homes…
Trued: “We’re installing sprinkler systems, we’re depriving the fire of fuel, we’re wetting down everything we can, and then we’re staying by those structures as much as possible.”
So far, one home has been destroyed in the Beaver Creek fire.
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