Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mother Nature: Beauty and the Beast

Express photo by Roland Lane

Wet weather in recent weeks has brought needed precipitation to the Wood River Valley but has also exacerbated the environmental effects of the Beaver Creek Fire, which burned more than 110,000 acres of land west of the valley in August. After a wet cold front moved through the area last Wednesday and Thursday, a solid coating of snow blanketed Bald Mountain on Friday morning, while signs of fall still dominated below in central Ketchum, above. In the hills of the mid-valley, below, rain and melting snow continued to cause mudslides and erosion in areas destabilized by the flames of the Beaver Creek Fire. Some residents of Greenhorn Gulch north of Hailey have resorted to lining their properties with large, concrete blocks to keep mud and debris away from their homes and landscaping.

Express photo by Willy Cook

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