The Beaver Creek Fire has caused the evacuation of 2,300 homes near the Sun Valley resort in Idaho. Some 1,200 firefighters and 19 aircraft are battling the wildfire.
The Beaver Creek Fire has already consumed more than 100,000 acres and caused the evacuation of 2,300 homes near the communities of Ketchum and Hailey.
High winds, high temperatures, and rugged terrain have hampered firefighters efforts, though somewhat cooler conditions and cloud cover on Sunday helped firefighters limit its growth and create firebreaks.
Some 1,200 people and 19 aircraft are fighting the blaze, which started Aug. 7 with a lightning strike. According to InciWeb, it is now just 8 percent contained.
"Every fire has a personality, and this fire has an angry personality," Beth Lund, an incident commander with the US Forest Service team managing the fire, told Reuters.
Firefighters were using 14 helicopters on Monday to drop water on the blaze, up to 2,000 gallons at a time, and airplane tankers have dropped flame-retardant chemicals on key areas, including on Bald Mountain – the main hill at the Sun Valley ski resort.