American Elephants

Why the Media Notices: by The Elephant's Child

Beaver Creek Fire
Eleven states are currently reporting large wildland fires: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah Washington and Wyoming — the West. There are 43 large fires. Hundred of homes have been evacuated as a large unpredictable blaze covering more than 100 acres approaches the resort communities of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley in central Idaho.

Media attention is entirely consumed with the Beaver Creek Fire, for many celebrities have vacation homes there like Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Insurers have sent in their own representatives — expensive homes.

The other eleven fires burning in Idaho go mostly unmentioned. I grew up with many friends in the forest service, smokejumpers and hotshot crews, so I do pay attention to fire season. One mostly has to hunt for news about big fires unless they are very near a heavily populated area, so I was interested in the attention given to this one. The radio news said they had set up “a triage area for moose?” Really?
(photo by Kimi Kreusli)

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Check inciweb for fire updates.


Comment by Craig Moore

BTW, Montana is having a very light fire season so far. Knock on wood. The Gold Pan Complex fire is actually in Idaho on the Montana border.


Comment by Craig Moore

Yes I go to the National Interagency Fire Center website and to inciweb from there. The Sun Valley (Beaver Creek) fire expanded from 100 acres to 100,000 acres in nothing flat, and there are a lot of other major fires in the same part of the state. Unfortunately the names they give to fires are not always helpful unless you know the local terrain. There’s a fire in the Payette Nat’l Forest at Thunder City? Huh? I know Thunder Mountain, but Thunder City? I hope Montana escapes big fires. Fire season isn’t over by a long shot.


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