Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Déjà Vu—Almost

Ketchum Fire Department personnel mop up a quarter-acre blaze just south of Trail Creek Road near the Boundary Campground east of Sun Valley on Monday afternoon. The site was near the origin of the 2007 Trail Creek Fire, which burned 290 acres. The Sun Valley Fire Department was the first to respond to the fire, but received aid from the U.S. Forest Service, BLM and the Ketchum Fire Department. Sun Valley Fire Chief Jeff Carnes said crews “smacked [the blaze] hard” with 40 firefighters and eight engines, preventing it from jumping the road and spreading into the dry fuel in the area. Carnes said the fire, which shot out flames topping 5 feet, originated with a campfire that had been set in a 4-foot-deep pile of wood chips on Sun Valley Resort property. The fire, reported at 1:45 p.m., was extinguished by 2:15 p.m. Sun Valley Fire Department crews hosed down the area Monday night to prevent reignition. Express photo by Willy Cook

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