Fire Season — Thank you, Firefighters!

Almost exactly 5 years after the Castle Rock fire kindled, the Enclosure fire kicked off in the Warm Springs drainage this last week–the good news is, wind and weather willing, the fire will be contained tonight.  Many thanks are due to the swift and effective response of local, regional and national firefighters.  Be careful out there, campers and hikers, there’s a lot of fire season left!

We are still experiencing smoky air from the Trinity fire that is currently threatening Featherville and Pine (and great good luck to the firefighters and residents of the area.)  The smokes from the Halstead fire are also visible when the winds shift.  Evacuations have been recommended for residents near both fires.  Daily updates and notices are available at for all major fires in the area and around the country.  Stanley is _open._
There are many ways you can prepare for unlooked-for disasters like wildfire. has a number of clear and concrete recommendations and resources for preparations if you live near potential burns and other disasters, from blizzard to flood.  Similar resources are also available at and (also available in Spanish.)  Knowledgehound has survival checklists and evacuation bag recommendations for fire, flood, earthquake, and possibly, alien invasion.

For local information, the new City of Ketchum website has initiated an emergency notification system (which is how I first found out about the kickoff of the Enclosure fire.)  They have also posted an open burning ban along with an air quality alert due to smoky conditions.

If you are in town, and the particulates start to get too thick, there is good smokeless air at The Community Library, and free wifi, magazines and books to boot!

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  1. Great blog, Cathy. In Regional History Department, we have a collection of the news articles, maps and an oral history interview with the incident commander from the Castle Rock Fire, 2007. We even have some articles of the Ro Fire 1993, that threatened Bellevue and Hailey. That hot summer, without any air conditioning was very hard to survive. I was about six months pregnant and my bedroom was on the second floor. ~ Sandy RHD

  2. Both fires were very memorable…and we can all do without the repeat! Speaking of RHD resources, I seem to remember that the newspaper microfiche archives also contain some vivid descriptions of fires on Bald Mountain during the mining and logging era in the 1890’s. The sight of Frenchmen’s Gulch going up in flames (including the sawmill) must have been quite a sight.

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