Hundreds of Hailey residents could be allowed back into homes

August 18, 2013 

After a quiet night on the Beaver Creek fire, the Blaine County Sheriff's office is considering returning the Indian Creek area northwest of Hailey to a pre-evacuation stage, spokesman Stephen Dane said.

That would allow around 200 people back into their homes Monday, Dane said. But Dane stressed that Sheriff Gene Ramsey hasn't made the call yet, and that Indian Creek residents can't go back to their homes until he does.

"We don't want people going back in, jumping the gun, when they could have to be evacuated all over again," Dane said.

As of 3:15 p.m., the Beaver Creek fire had burned more than 100,000 acres and was 9 percent contained, a fire spokeswoman said. About 1,200 firefighters and 30 aircraft are battling the blaze, the spokeswoman said. Beth Lund, the U.S. Forest Service's incident commander, devoted many of those resources to keeping the fire from jumping to the east side of Highway 75, she said.

One saving grace for firefighters was that one front of the fire ran into the ground that burned in the Castle Rock fire of 2007, slowing its growth, the fire spokeswoman said.

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