Crews keep an eye on the sky as containment looms for Beaver Creek Fire

August 26, 2013 

— The wildfire burning near Hailey and Ketchum burned 111,408 acres, but fire managers say they are making good progress. The Beaver Creek Fire was 90 percent contained Monday morning, and is predicted to be fully contained by Saturday.

Although thunderstorms in the area dumped rain onto parts of the the Wood River Valley, most of the moisture missed the Beaver Creek Fire. Firefighters will be watching for new fires caused by lightning strikes, according to fire managers.

More than 150 strikes were counted southwest of the blaze. Fire crews could be diverted from the Beaver Creek Fire to battle new starts, officials said.

Monday afternoon thunderstorms could bring more lightning and gusty winds.

Firefighters will continue work to mop up hotspots along the wildfire’s northern and western perimeters Monday. Crews will also begin to haul trash and extra supplies out of the area.

A public meeting at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A second meeting will be held in Hailey at the Community Campus Wednesday, also at 7 p.m.

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