HAILEY, Idaho -- Flames from the 92,000-acre Beaver Creek Fire entered the backyards of some homes near State Highway 75 in the Hailey area Friday night and into Saturday morning.
Jim Stuart is a Hailey homeowner who was evacuated late Friday night. Stuart has lived near Queen of the Hills Drive since 1997. He was allowed back home Saturday morning.
'I wish we had a bag packed and ready to pick up," Stuart said. "It was kind of willy-nilly, but we grabbed our medicine and everything."
Five hot shot crews were awoken around 2:30 a.m. to continue fighting the "misbehaving" fire as it expanded, according to public information officer Tracy Weaver.
Weaver says the firefighters put forth a "valiant" effort in those dark hours. They headed to the Croy Creek area with the intent to stop the fire at Democrat Ridge where it had crossed a fire line previously built by a bulldozer.
"They're trying hard right now to build some good black, to get that fire line secured," Weaver said.
Fire managers say the Beaver Creek Fire expanded more than 30,000 acres Friday night. That's a marked increase from the roughly 5,000-acre-growth per day the fire experienced early this week.
Fire activity on Friday saw flames burning north to the east fork of Baker Creek. Inciweb reports indicate the fire produced a pyro-cumulus cloud that reached several-thousand feet high. On its western flank, the fire burned slightly to the north of Dollarhide Summit.
So far, the fire has burned 5 structures, including one home. More than 1,600 homes have been evacuated.
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OTHER NEW DEVELOPMENTS
- A Red Flag warning has been issued Saturday for high, gusty winds and low relative humidity. Wind gusts from the southwest are expected to be 30 m.p.h while relative humidity will dip to as low as 9 percent.
- Community meetings are scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Rd, Hailey, and at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Dr, Ketchum
- Law enforcement is reporting slow traffic as drivers evacuate the area. Those traveling are told not to stop on the highway and watch the fire
- Idaho Power reports heavy fire damage on two separate transmission lines in the Wood River Valley. Up to 700 customers were affected by power outages late Friday night. More than 100 remain without power Saturday.
- Intermountain Gas continues to shut off its gas lines in much of the area. Currently, the shutdown includes all areas west of ID 75 from Deer Creek Rd, NW of Hailey, northward to Owl Rock Rd. just south of the St. Luke’s Wood River facility.
- Fire briefly threatened the Wood River Animal Shelter, and animals were safely evacuated. It's not known if the shelter is damaged
- Galena Lodge has been closed. Crews are working to secure the lodge and grounds
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