Saturday, August 24, 2013

Major Progress on Beaver Creek Wildfire, Tough Days Ahead for Atlanta

Posted By on Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM

More than a week after neighborhoods throughout the Wood River Valley were evacuated, while much of the rest of the Sun Valley region was under a pre-evacuation order, the Blaine County Sheriff's Office announced Aug. 23 that all evacuation and pre-evacuation zones for the 110,000-acre Beaver Creek Fire had been lifted. Seventy-five percent of the fire has been contained.

But nearly 1,500 firefighters remain on the scene of the Beaver Creek wildfire and emergency closures remain in effect for a number of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, including north of Highway 20, west of Highway 75, south of Croy Creek Road, east of Willow Creek Road, east of Baseline Road and east of Princess Mine Road to its intersection with U.S. Highway 20.

Meanwhile, the South Fork of the Boise River area on both the south and north banks remains closed to the public as a result of intense fire activity on the Pony and Elk complexes. The area closed includes all public land from the Anderson Dam, downstream to the western border of the Boise National Forest.

A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for the town of Atlanta due to the Little Queens Fire, which has burned 16,212 acres. There is zero percent containment. Hotshot crews from the Boise and Sawtooth national forests initiated a critical burnout Aug. 23 just north of Atlanta and are expected to continue the burnout operations Saturday.

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