Sun Valley residents will have plenty to celebrate over the weekend, as the Blaine County Sheriff's Office lifted all mandatory evacuation and pre-evacuation statuses for the entire valley as of noon today. The Beaver Creek fire is now 67% contained, and the work in town is increasingly being focused on damage assessment and recovery, with power company workers out restoring damaged lines and fire crews stamping out the blaze with the help of increased humidity, cloud cover, and a rainstorm last night that dropped a little under an inch of rain.
They did their job well. RT @RowGirl2012: #houseontheedge #beavercreekfire #ID #thankyoufirefighters pic.twitter.com/eWrxegMMdT— Sean Breslin (@Sean_Breslin) August 23, 2013
In Ketchum, the annual Wagon Days festival, which celebrates every kind of Old West horse-drawn buggy, wagon, and cart, will start as planned on the 29th, and officials except to lift all closures of wilderness area that weren't burned in the fire by the middle of next week. Sun Valley will be offering free general admission to their weekly ice show this Saturday, with donations being accepted for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.
Have an experience from the Beaver Creek fire you'd like to share with the Curbed audience? Give us a shout/e-mail on the tipline. We'd love to hear about. Big thanks to all the crews who worked so hard keeping one of our favorite mountain towns safe this summer!
· Beaver Creek fire archives [Curbed Ski]