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Beaver Creek Deployment,  Jul 24, 2016

Fire trucks in front of a large smoke plume from a wildfire.

Teton County Fire & Rescue is proud to have deployed three Firefighters to the Beaver Creek Fire in Colorado. At the last update to InciWeb, 6am on the 28th, the Beaver Creek Fire has grown to 27,893 acres with 12% of the perimeter contained.

Teton County Fire Protection District’s Light Engine 25 (LE25) was dispatched with crew on Saturday the 24th. LE25 is being staffed by a Division Chief and Engine Boss and two Firefighters.

The Beaver Creek Fire was detected on Sunday, June 19 at 12 p.m. The point of origin is approximately 24 miles northwest of Walden Colorado. On Thursday June 23, the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team assumed command of the Beaver Creek Fire. The Blue Team transferred command of the fire on July 7, to the Western Colorado Interagency- Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT). As of July 20th, Jon Warder’s Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire.

The fire is burning in heavy beetle killed timber. The infested trees are subject to blowing over with large amounts of down timber, making the forest unsafe for firefighters. For the safety of firefighters, the IMT is allowing the natural process of the fire to occur while focusing their resources on the values at risk. This suppression strategy provides for both firefighter safety and the protection of life and property.

Active fire exists along the perimeter and is consuming unburned areas within the interior of the fire. Hotter, drier conditions have returned to the fire area and are supporting increased fire activity.

Please join us in wishing our crews a safe return home.