I was in Denver last year when the Waldo Canyon fires were burning, and at least 650 homes — maybe more — burned. That’s why I was closely watching, this week, the Beaver Creek, Idaho fires that were threatening Sun Valley. The Ketchum ski community has been trying to make a real estate come-back, fire is just what it did not need – this from Curbed Ski:
In Ketchum, the annual Wagon Days festival, which celebrates every kind of Old West horse-drawn buggy, wagon, and cart, will start as planned on the 29th, and officials except to lift all closures of wilderness area that weren’t burned in the fire by the middle of next week. Sun Valley will be offering free general admission to their weekly ice show this Saturday, with donations being accepted for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.
Sun Valley was not the only vacation home area battling flames. While the 32,000 acre Beaver Creek fire near Ketchum & Sun Valley was the #3 priority for US firefighters, reports Curbed, there was danger the fire could have burned towards the Wood River Valley. Then lighting sparked a fire that destroyed 13 homes in a subdivision about ten miles from Park City, Utah, where one resident who stayed home to defend his property with a garden hose described the experience as “like being in Vietnam,” — houses going up in flames and propane tanks exploding near his home. The air gets so thick and smoky, as it did last year in Colorado, you can barely see or breathe. I need to check on our friends in Oakley, and see how they are doing.