CNN PRODUCER NOTE JKOTH8023 captured these photographs from his backyard in Hailey, Idaho, on the afternoon of August 16. His area has been placed under a mandatory evacuation as the fire continues to spread and threaten homes near the area of Sun Valley. Currently, he and his neighbors are hosing down their roofs, decks and lawns to prevent falling embers from catching fire.
He says when he photographed the fire, it was coming down the ridge and had taken out a large tree line in minutes. There were three helicopters circling the wildfire, dropping gallons of fire retardant over it to mitigate the flames. The fire has been burning for about a week, but it has now pushed closer to the residential area. He says from what he knows right now, the fire has not been contained.
However, he and his neighbors remain optimistic because the area where their homes are lies just beneath the side of the hill that has little to no brush or trees to fuel to fire. But for safety, they've packed their cars in case they need to jump in and go in case the fire changes directions.
'We've packed birth certificates, passports, home insurance papers... We're young enough and old enough to have 30 photo albums, laptops. And you know you have to throw in some clothes, your bikes and the cat, and that's about it,' he said.
Read more about the Beaver Creek Fire in Idaho on CNN.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer