Torrential rains that followed the Beaver Creek fire sent devastating mudslides early this week down the barren slopes. The threat of continued mudslides will continue when more rain comes to the valley.
“There were many mudslides in the area, several of which hit homes in Greenhorn Gulch,” said Ketchum Fire Chief Mike Elle. “It was pretty amazing. There are multiple mudflows down around homes and out across pastures.”
“It is important for people to realize that this will happen more than once. You could get more slides if there are more downpours. They could run the same path, only on a larger scale,” he said.
Elle said the U.S. Forest Service is making an assessment of fire damaged hillsides, including plans to re-seed some areas to prevent erosion, but that residents in slide prone areas should beware.
“Obviously if there is mud flowing up against someone’s house it would be best to get out and not get caught in it,” Elle said.
Mud flooded the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, which is now seeking donations and volunteers to clean up the mess and restore the shelter.
For full story on the mudslides, see the Friday, Sept. 6, print edition of the Idaho Mountain Express.