Campers ignore fire restrictions in Boise National Forest

Crews continue to work on mopping up the Elk and Pony Complex fires.

STATESMAN STAFFAugust 20, 2013 

Agency urges residents to prepare financially for ongoing fire season: The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America is reminding residents who have been evacuated from their homes to save receipts for expenses and to contact their insurance companies as soon as possible.

Expenses for post-evacuation necessities, like hotels and meals, may be eligible for reimbursement.

Mail customers affected by the Beaver Creek Fire: The wildfire has stopped mail delivery to 672 addresses in Hailey’s 83333 ZIP code area.

Until normal delivery resumes, postal customers can pick up their mail at the Hailey Post Office, 820 S. Main St. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Customers will need photo ID to get their mail. For more information, call (208) 788-2276.

Intermountain Gas prepares to get systems running again in Blaine County: As the Beaver Creek Fire situation improves, Intermountain Gas crews are inspecting and repairing any gas systems damaged by fire.

As soon as officials lift evacuation orders in the area, the company will begin the relighting process.

Customers who have been allowed to return to homes or businesses can call Intermountain Gas customer service at (800) 548-3679 for information.

More on area fires:

Elk Complex: Officials say the fire is burning on 131,007 acres and is 65 percent contained. The Elmore County Sheriff opened Pine-Featherville and Anderson Dam roads to residents over the weekend.

Firefighters with equipment are still working in the area. Crews completed a burnout operation over the weekend from Tiger Creek up to Lava Ridge to the Trinity Ridge burn on the northwest flank. Monday, they focused on mopping up hot spots within the containment line.

Pony Complex: The fire that burned close to 150,000 acres 12 miles northeast of Mountain Home is nearly contained.

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