Sharps Fire Enters Sawtooth National Forest Near Hailey

Jul 31, 2018

Burning in the Wood River Valley region of Idaho, the Sharps Fire is charring land in the Sawtooth National Forest and is around 54 square miles in size. That number is likely to go up.
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The Sharps Fire, burning near Bellevue in the Wood River Valley, spread into the Sawtooth National Forest.

Mandatory evacutations are in place for the Little Wood Recreation Area campground, as well as all homes on Little Wood River Reservoir Road and Flat Top Road.

Everyone living on Fish Creek Road is under a pre-evactuation notice, meaning all residents should prepare to leave at a moment's notice.

The blaze has grown significantly. Monday evening, the fire was around 27,000 acres. KJ Pollock, a spokesperson working on the Sharps Fire had a different figure Tuesday morning.

“Approximate acreage is 34,726 acres,” according to Pollock.

That number, which is likely to go up, translates to around 54 square miles.

Burning in the backcountry east of Hailey, firefighters are focusing their attention on the south flank of the blaze.

Temperatures in the Wood River Valley are set to be in the upper 80s to 90 over the next few days with very low humidity. Pollock says crews aren’t expecting many breaks from the weather.

“There could be some wind gusts,” Pollock says. “Smoke is going to continue to be visible from surrounding areas and the fire will continue to be fairly active.”

An exploding target, which can emit sparks when it blows up, is thought to be the cause of the Sharps Fire, according to federal officials. The devices are prohibited on public lands.

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