Monday, August 19, 2013

1,100 Firefighters Now Battling Beaver Creek Blaze

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Like much of the past several weeks, there is good news and bad news on the Idaho fire watch today.

The Good News:
-Evacuees are returning to their homes in the communities of Pine and Featherville as the 130,000-acre Elk Complex Fire was reported to be 55 percent contained, allowing some firefighters to be reassigned to other wildlfires.
-The 23,389-acre, lightning-caused McCan Fire north of Fairfield is reported to be totally contained after burning for nearly two weeks.

The Bad News:
-A new mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the town of Atlanta. That's where the Little Queens Fire is burning about six miles north of town. Fire officials said the fire, believed to be human-caused, is estimated at 1,000 acres and growing rapidly.
-The Beaver Creek Fire, the nation's highest wildfire priority, has now burned more than 150 square miles and forced the mandatory evacuation of more than 2,000 homes, with another 7,700 under pre-evacuation order, meaning they should be ready at a moment's notice if the fire grows closer.

More than 1,100 firefighters are on the scene of the Beaver Creek Fire, which is about 9 percent contained.

Fire managers' main concern is the latest forecast, which is calling for a new weather maker to push through the region by midweek, bringing in gusty winds, some showers and a strong possibility of lightning.

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