Fire updates: Beaver Creek Fire gets rained on; Little Queens Fire doesn't

August 23, 2013 

Thursday's fast-moving storms brought rain to most of the 111,000 acres consumed by the Beaver Creek Fire in the Wood River Valley, helping containment efforts and leading to minimal overnight fire activity.

The fire is now at 67 percent containment, and officials continue to ramp down staffing and suppression efforts. The Blaine County Sheriff's Office lifted all remaining pre-evacuation notices as of noon Friday. Two closures remain in effect: a Forest Service closure from Galena Summit south to the SNRA headquarters on both sides of Idaho Highway 75, including Baker Creek and Easley, and a Bureau of Land Management closure in Croy Creek Canyon west of Red Elephant Gulch Road.

Farther east, the Little Queens Fire burning just north of the historic town of Atlanta received no rain from the storm. However, the storm was expected to increase humidity and decrease temperatures, which could lead to reduced fire activity Friday.

The Little Queens Fire is now almost 13,000 acres in size with zero containment. A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for the residents of Atlanta.

Thursday's storm is thought to have started at least 13 new fires in southwest Idaho, six of which have been assigned to firefighters. All of the fires are smaller than 1 acre.

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