Sunday, September 1, 2013

No Holiday For Firefighters as Wildfires Continue to Rage

Posted By on Sun, Sep 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

After more than three weeks, the lightning-sparked Beaver Creek Fire was contained Aug. 30. Fire managers transferred command of the mop-up operations to a Type 3 effort after closing down the Incident Command Post in Hailey. The wildfire burned 111,490 acres

Several trails within the burned area closure were reopened, including the Adam Gulch, Lake Creek, Fox Creek, Chocolate Gulch and Oregon Gulch Trailheads. Additionally, Forest Trail #328 in the Bald Mountain Permit Area is open, as well as Warm Springs Road.

Meanwhile the Hells Canyon 1 and the Raft fires, both near the Idaho/Oregon border, have combined to burn more than 18,000 acres alongside Brownlee Reservoir. More than 100 firefighters are on the scene.

The Kelly Fire has now burned 11,569 acres southeast of Featherville. The blaze, which is only 7 percent contained, continues burning in steep, rugged terrain.

The Little Queens Wildfire has now burned more than 25,000 acres and is 20 percent contained. One hand crew, four engines and two helicopters will continue to mop up control lines on the south flank near Atlanta and along the Middle Fork Boise Rive Road.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are still in effect. Campfires are allowed only in Forest Service developed structures in a campground.

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