the Sun Valley resort in Idaho. Some 1,200 firefighters and 19
aircraft are battling the wildfire.
that is threatening thousands of homes near the Sun Valley resort.
The Beaver Creek Fire has already consumed more than 100,000 acres and
caused the evacuation of 2,300 homes near the communities of Ketchum
High winds, high temperatures, and rugged terrain have hampered
firefighters efforts, though somewhat cooler conditions and cloud
cover on Sunday helped firefighters limit its growth and create
\Some 1,200 people and 19 aircraft are fighting the blaze, which
started Aug. 7 with a lightning strike. According to InciWeb, it is
now just 8 percent contained.
“Every fire has a personality, and this fire has an angry
personality,” Beth Lund, an incident commander with the U.S. Forest
Service team managing the fire, told Reuters.
Firefighters were using 14 helicopters on Monday to drop water on the
blaze, up to 2,000 gallons at a time, and airplane tankers have
dropped flame-retardant chemicals on key areas, including on Bald
Mountain — the main hill at the Sun Valley ski resort.
Dry conditions in the sagebrush and pine forests have fed the blaze,
and high winds have helped cause the fire’s erratic and unpredictable
behavior. But temperatures Monday were expected to be slightly cooler,
with slightly higher humidity, and on Sunday, Ms. Lund expressed
cautious optimism to Reuters.
“I think we’re getting to the point where we can start making some
progress rather than just be on the defensive,” she said.
The fire has drawn particular attention because of the high-end homes
and destination setting of the tony resort area, where celebrities
like Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger all have
homes. Authorities have put the value of the threatened land and
property in the area at around $8 billion.