Air Support for Beaver Creek Wildfire: 350 Hours, $2.2 Million


Overnight lightning sparked a number of new wildfires in the region. Fire managers say they were able to respond to most of the fires, but a few were still burning Friday morning, including the Shoo Fly Fire, which has burned 100 acres southwest of Grandview; the Cow Fire, which has burned 25 acres south of Jordan Valley; and the Orchard Fire, which has burned 20 acres 10 miles south of Interstate-84 west of Simco Road, just outside of Boise.

The massive Beaver Creek Fire has burned 111,163 acres and is 67 percent contained. Nearly 1,600 firefighting personnel remain on the fire lines.

Hotshot crews spent the better part of Thursday constructing a new line from the northeastern corner of the 2007 Castle Rock Fire east along the ridge line toward the East Fork of Baker Creek Road. Hotspots were also secured inside the fire line along Timber Gulch.

To date, the Beaver Creek Fire has seen considerable air operations: more than 125,000 gallons of retardant have been dropped from a DC-10 air tanker, other tankers have flown more than 250 hours, dropping approximately 310,000 gallons. Separate C-130 Air National Guard tankers have dropped 11,200 gallons and sky crane helicopters have dropped nearly 250,000 gallons of water and retardant. Altogether, air resources have flown nearly 350 hours, costing just more than $2.2 million.

Meanwhile, the the Little Queens Fire, burning two miles northwest of Atlanta, has scorched 12,787 acres and has zero containment. Crews will spend today prepping the north edge of Atlanta for a possible burnout. There is a mandatory evacuation still in effect for Atlanta. Although some residents have chosen to remain, the area is closed to the public.