Hailey, ID, United States (4E) – A total 1,066 firefighters have contained by 9 percent the Beaver Creek Fire in Blaine County, Idaho on Sunday. But the wildfire that has burned 92,754 acres still threatens 10,000 homes in the Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey areas.
Some 2,300 homes in north Hailey were ordered evacuated on Sunday morning, the country sheriff’s office said. Another 7,500 homes were ordered to pre-evacuate on Saturday.
Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall told residents to be ready for evacuation during a community meeting at the Church of the Big Wood on Saturday night, according to KTVB.
Fire Incident Commander Beth Lund said the fire grew from Friday night to Saturday morning but firefighters are trying to keep the flames from jumping across Highway 75 in North Ketchum. Some 25,000 acres were burned overnight from 64,236 cares on Friday. Fire information officer Rudy Evenson said 30 mph wind gusts, very dry air and northwestward winds intensified the Beaver Creek Fire.
Meanwhile, Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe said in the meeting that he declared a state of disaster on Friday.