Monday, August 26, 2013

Beaver Creek Wildfire Nearly Contained, Lightning Sparks Multiple New Blazes

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 9:47 AM

After burning more than 170 square miles, the Beaver Creek Wildfire, now 90 percent contained, has been downgraded to a Type 2 priority by the National Interagency Fire Center. Approximately 770 firefighters remain on the scene of the lightning-caused wildfire as homeowners and visitors return to what is left of summer in the Wood River Valley.

Meanwhile, the town of Atlanta remains under mandatory evacuation due to the Little Queens Fire, which is only 2 percent contained. Approximately 400 people are assigned to fight that fire which has scorched 16,200 acres. Fire managers say the south end of the Little Queens fire is now more secure after performing a critical burnout for the last few days.

Lightning throughout the weekend sparked a series of new fires. In the past three days, the Boise National Forest responded to at least 23 new fires from lightning, the largest being the 50-acre Grape Fire, about 10 miles northwest of Prairie.

Around 70 firefighters who had been battling the Beaver Creek Wildfire have been shifted to the Kelly Fire, which has burned 10 acres 22 miles northwest of Fairfield, which broke out Aug. 24.

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