Crews turn the corner on Idaho’s Beaver Creek wildfire

The combination of a massive aerial assault and several thousand firefighters working in tandem on Monday cooled down what hot spots remained on a large central Idaho wildfire.

Authorities lifted the pre-evacuation orders for parts of Ketchum and Sun Valley, mostly to the east of Idaho Highway 75 and further away from the 160-square-mile Beaver Creek Fire.

Evacuation orders were still in place across much of the region Monday, and authorities warned that more work remains and the fire still presents a threat. But the success Sunday and Monday gave firefighters confidence that thunderstorms expected Tuesday should help their efforts. National Interagency Fire Center meteorologists predicted the storms will bring lightning but also moisture.

The fire has cost $9.3 million to date.

About 1,150 local and national fire personnel have been called in to suppress the blaze, which started on Aug. 7.

To the west, a 7,000-acre wildfire required the evacuation of the small town of Atlanta, in northern Elmore County, though a number of residents were organizing to defend their homes.

The Little Queens Fire, burning about five miles northwest of Atlanta, calmed some Monday after doubling in size on Sunday.  (Idaho Statesman)

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