Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mountain Express: Lessons Learned From Beaver Creek Fire

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Flames envelope a hillside in the Deer Creek area about a week after lightning sparked the Beaver Creek Fire. Some campsites along Deer Creek may not reopen for several years.
  • Flames envelope a hillside in the Deer Creek area about a week after lightning sparked the Beaver Creek Fire. Some campsites along Deer Creek may not reopen for several years.

Among the lessons learned from last summer's Beaver Creek fire, which scorched more than 111,000 acres and forced evacuations from several communities, is that cooperation among firefighting agencies could improve.

In fact, this week's Idaho Mountain Express reports that a new study, entitled "Improving Community Response to Wildfire," conducted by the Fire Chasers Research Team at North Carolina State University, indicates lower-than-average cooperation among agencies and some dissatisfaction with cost-sharing.

Local firefighting respondents reported a 16 percent lower-than-average positive response to the statement, "The process through which cost share was decided upon was fair."

On the positive side, the Mountain Express reports that local respondents reported an 11 percent higher positive response to the statement," Social media was used effectively to provide timely public updates concerning the status of the fire."


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