HAILEY, Idaho -- Fire managers says a nearly month-long battle against the Beaver Creek Fire is coming to an end.
Incident Commander Scott Johnson announced Sunday that fire crews have done an excellent job with extinguishing hot spots and putting out the remaining smokes.
The Beaver Creek Fire near the central Idaho resort towns of Hailey and Ketchum, was ignited by lightning on August 7 and has burned more than 111,000 acres.
"While we have a couple more days of rehabilitation work to do, the fire is now 100 percent contained,” Johnson said.
Engine and handcrews patrolled and monitored the southern portion of the fire Sunday and did not find significant hotspots along the perimeter. A helicopter was used to back haul remaining supplies from the fire’s interior.
In the northern perimeter along Beaver Creek, crews continued to repair damage caused when containment lines were constructed during suppression activities.
There was no active fire behavior observed for a second consecutive day. Some hot spots may continue to burn and smoke until cool weather and rain fully extinguish the fire.
Flights are scheduled today to conduct a final evaluation of the fire. A team will then assess the burned area and take emergency measures to prevent erosion.
Closures areas will be evaluated this week, and a determination will be made when it is safe to allow the public back in those areas.
A transfer of command back to the local unit is tentatively scheduled to take place September 4.