Friday, July 25, 2014


Fire officials warn of dangers
    A fire prevention team assigned to the Sawtooth Mountains region is warning people to not let their guard down about wildfires.
    “In my experience with people and wildland fire, they forget about it unless there is smoke in the air,” said community forester Vince Urbina. “The reality is the fuel conditions and the unseasonably hot dry conditions have not changed.
    “If anything, the fire potential is getting worse.  Restrictions are still in place and people still need to be very careful.” 
    Urbina issued the followed warnings about the region:
-    Standing dead and fallen dead pines killed by the mountain pine beetle have exacerbated the potential for extreme fire behavior.
-    Forest Service employees have discovered unattended or abandoned campfires, “which is inexcusable with the current conditions.”
-   When you leave an approved campfire area, your fire should be wet and cold to the touch.  Use your bare hands to feel for heat.
-   There is a fine for an unattended fire or building a campfire during restriction in unapproved campgrounds.
-    Statistically, the fire season is still young. Additional restrictions on fire use are probable. 

Ketchum BAH at the UPS Store
    The UPS Store in Ketchum will host the Ketchum Business After Hours event this month.  The monthly networking event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30, from 5-6 p.m., on the UPS office patio on East Avenue.
    Introductions of new businesses will be featured, as well as brief presentations on business-related topics and pro-business activities in the community. 
    Snacks and drinks will be provided; there is a $5 suggested donation per person. Contact Gary Hoffman with questions or suggestions: ghoffman42@yahoo or 725-5522.

Feds to work on Redfish Lake Road
    The Sawtooth National Forest will begin construction of the Redfish Lake Road and a new 110-foot-long bridge that will span Redfish Lake Creek on July 28.
     The project will relocate a portion of the main access road (Forest Road 70214) into the Redfish Lake Recreation Complex out of the existing riparian area by constructing approximately one mile of new asphalt roadway and a new bridge.  The new bridge will contain a 5-foot-wide pedestrian sidewalk that will connect to future trails on either end.  Upon completion of the new realigned road and bridge installation, the segment of Redfish Lake Road from state Highway 75 to the beginning of the realigned road will be overlaid with a new asphalt surface. 
     Construction activity will continue until winter weather shuts down the project for 2014.  Most of the construction activity will occur on the new route, but there may be minor delays on Redfish Lake Road of approximately five minutes.  Major work that might result in longer traffic delays is scheduled to occur sometime after the Labor Day weekend to minimize disruption to the majority of the recreationists who visit and stay at the Redfish Lake Complex during the summer.

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