Our general post on fire safety at the start of the month rapidly became more relevant this week as lightning launched wildfires blew up south and west of Blaine County, and rapidly spread, endangering a number of Idaho communities (and many of our patrons.) The fire progression map for the Beaver Creek wildfire above is updated through August 14th on Inciweb. Overnight progression is not included. The fire continued to move down the Deer Creek drainage overnight, and is expected to pick up in intensity today as the winds increase. Inciweb provides updates as hard information is provided, as well as photos and excellent maps.
Buffy McDonald, our Reference Librarian, has assembled a number of links to local and regional fire news.
Please note the links to the air quality warning sites as well–the current air in the Wood River Valley is reaching unhealthy levels as toxic woodsmoke increases. The air remains good in the library during our open hours if you need a break from the smoke. Remember, Community Library cards are free for all residents, visitors and firefighters.
Please drive carefully, and for everyone’s safety observe closures and evacuation notices. There are many firefighting vehicles as well as police and first responders on the road, and smoke is occasionally making visibility poor. Stay safe out there, everyone, and thank you firefighters for your hard work.
Everbridge Emergency Alert Program
Sign up for evacuation and other local emergency alerts at this web site.
WildFire Pre-Evacuation Checklist
Review this checklist of things to do to prepare for a possible evacuation.
Beaver Creek Fire Resources:
o InciWeb Beaver Creek Fire – http://inciweb.org/incident/3635/
Includes a frequently updated, interactive map of the fire and details about the fire’s behavior.
o Idaho Mountain Express – http://www.mtexpress.com
Click on the Email News Updates tab at the left of the screen and enter your email address to register for the mailing list.
o Kech 95.3 local news – http://kech95.com/news/
o Blaine County Idaho Fire Updates- http://tinyurl.com/pkcz2qy
o Blaine County Sheriff’s Office – http://tinyurl.com/koqhemd
o City of Ketchum – http://ketchumidaho.org/
o City of Hailey – http://www.haileycityhall.org/
o Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1 on Facebook – http://tinyurl.com/ndwflr5
o Wood River Fire & Rescue – http://blog.wrfr.com/
Idaho Smoke Information
Information about the air quality in Ketchum.
Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
From the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, helpful information on ways to reduce smoke exposure, symptoms of wildfire smoke sensitivity and other related resources.
Idaho Department of Transportation
Current Idaho road conditions.
BCRD Trail Closures
Trail alerts and updates.
Firewise tips checklist for homeowners
A simple checklist of preventative action steps homeowners can take to help reduce the risk of their property becoming fuel for a wildfire.
A guide to Firewise principles
Firewise principles and tips that can guide homeowners to prepare ahead of time and help reduce a home’s wildfire risk.
Hailey City Librarian LeeAnn Gelskey is also promoting a site where Wood River Valley residents can network, and both offer and ask for help in emergency situations, and get on volunteer lists. Check out Hailey.Recovers.org for many local resources.