HAILEY, Idaho -- Flames from the 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.
So far, the fire has burned 5 structures, including one home. More than 1,600 homes have been evacuated.
OTHER NEW DEVELOPMENTS
- 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
- A major powerline is down and has been burned, causing a brief power outage, according to county commissioner Steve Shoen. He says that power was shut off and switched to another supply line
- 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