Fire Threatening Idaho Resort Towns Is Nation’s Top Priority

By Adam Cotterell

The U.S. Forest Service’s top official is in Idaho today to assess the wildfire situation. The threats from some of Idaho’s large fires have diminished. That includes the Elk Complex which destroyed homes in the towns of Pine and Featherville. But the Beaver Creek Fire has become an increasingly dangerous one.

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell says he came to Idaho because the Beaver Creek fire is the highest priority in nation. That fire threatens neighborhoods near the resort towns of Ketchum and Sun Valley. About 1,300 homes are under an evacuation order and many more residents have been told to prepare for the order. But Tidwell says Idaho isn't the only state with a high priority fire.

Tidwell: “We also have a fire down in Utah that is getting onto the list. We’ve had several fires in Oregon. There’s another potential one up in Montana that’s going to probably be bumping up in priority. But that priority list shifts, almost on a daily basis.”

States with fires high up on the list will get additional resources --- from hand crews to engines ---- as they become available. Tidwell told reporters today that Beaver Creek fire could reach the town of Ketchum.
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