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Updated: August 17th, 2012 2:25 PM

FIRE UPDATE: Enclosure Fire holding steady

By :KATHERINE WUTZ


The helibase for the Enclosure Fire is located 16 miles from Ketchum out Warm Springs Road at Placer Creek. Photos by Willy Cook.

 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17

The fire is holding steady at 250 acres near the headwaters of the North Fork of Deer Creek, Ketchum District Ranger Kurt Nelson said at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Containment is estimated for 8 p.m. Saturday night. 

Crews have set up fire retardant lines along the northeast and southeast perimeters of the fire, Nelson said, and hope to hold the fire there. However, he said, afternoon is prime burning time for fires as humidity drops and temperatures rise.


Apparatus from Hailey, Bellevue, Sun Valley, Ketchum and Wood River Fire and Rescue fire departments gather at upper River Run parking lot. They were dispersed to Greenhorn Gultch, Deer Creek and Warm Springs to inform residents and protect structures.

"We'll see if everything holds," he said.

The fire is still burning in pockets of heavy timber but mostly in grass. Nelson said more resources are still arriving on scene, and the goal is to have 125 personnel on scene by evening.

"I think we're getting good support," Nelson said. 

Trail and recreational closures are in place this afternoon and until further notice. Anything accessed from the Greenhorn Gulch Trailhead is closed, as well as all trails south of Warm Springs such as Red Warrior, Mahoney Creek, Lodgepole Gulch and Cow Creek.

Nelson said the closure lines run from south of Warm Springs, through Bassett Gulch and Dollarhide, then along the Camas-Blaine County line south and then east along the ridge near Deer Creek. 

Stay tuned to www.mtexpress.com for more updates. 


Twin Falls HeliTack crew member Billy Knox supports the shuttling of crews to the fire line.

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