HAILEY- The Beaver Creek Fire incident meteorologist has issued a Red Flag Warning today, a sign of increased potential for fire growth as the blaze rolls further north.
The 38,700-acre fire's northern perimeter now is west of Ketchum. The fire has spread 2-3 miles north and 1-2 miles east between yesterday and this morning, spilling down Deer Creek. The southern portion of the fire is mostly contained, serving as an anchor point for fighting the most active east and northwest fire areas.
Structure protection crews are working in the Deer Creek drainage area, coordinating with Ketchum and Wood River fire departments to get structure protection in place.
Crews are constructing indirect fire lines to protect structures and keep the fire from spilling into the Highway 75 corridor.
Unstable air today will lead to increased potential for long-range spotting, especially in the afternoon and evening.
Residents in the area close to the fire's advance are advised to clear combustible material around their homes in at least a 30-foot radius, but ideally by 100-200 feet.