Kelly Fire Daily Update 8-21-2013
Incident: Kelly Wildfire
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Weeks Type Three Incident Management Team
August 21, 2013 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Wise River Ranger District
Office: (406) 832-3178
Detected: August 15, 2013
Location: 14 Miles northeast of Wisdom
13 Miles southwest of Wise River
Incident Commander: Rodney Weeks
Acres Burned: 45
15 Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest Firefighters
9 Smoke Jumpers
Summary: The lightning caused Kelly Fire is 45 acres and is located on steep terrain in beetle infested lodgepole pine. Kelly Creek is a tributary to Pettengill Creek. The number one priority of this fire is to provide for the safety of the firefighters and public. There have been no injuries on this fire.
Today crews will continue mopping up and cold trailing the fire perimeter where possible. Cold trailing is a method of controlling a partly dead fire edge by carefully inspecting and feeling with the hand for heat to detect any fire, digging out every live spot , and trenching any live edge. Firefighters that have been spiked out on the fire for several days will begin to be exchanged for fresh firefighters so they may come in for hot meals and showers. Today’s weather will continue to be hot and dry creating opportunities for heated areas to reactivate. Tonight a thermal belt will strengthen over the area, Thursday there is a threat of mainly dry thunderstorms.
There are no closures associated with the Kelly Fire at this time.
Current fire information is posted at the Wise River Community Center parking lot, and at the Ranger Stations in Wisdom and Wise River.
With the current dry weather conditions, officials are advising people to be cautious with fire when recreating outdoors. Make sure your fire is completely out. Stay on designated roads and trails with your vehicles, and extinguish cigarettes completely.
For more information about the Kelly Fire go online to inciweb.nwcg.gov and click on Kelly.