Kelley Fire Increases to 11,568 Acres - Update for September 1, 2013
Incident: Kelley Fire Wildfire
September 1, 2013
Size in acres
Summary: On Saturday, August 24, 2013 a thunderstorm ignited the Kelley Fire 7 miles southeast of Featherville, Idaho. The fire is burning in a steep, remote area and is not easily accessible by fire crews. The fire started at about 10 acres and has now grown to over 11,000 acres.
Current Situation: After the infrared flight last night, this morning’s reported acres has grown to 11,568. The aerial (PSD; “Ping Pong”” machine) and hand ignition operations yesterday was successful in removing the unburned fuel south of the Baumgartner Campground along the South Fork Boise River. Late in the day yesterday an area ignited around Deadwood Creek and into the west side of Boardman Creek producing a large “white capped” column. This growth pushed the fire further east and south. With the fire perimeter growing steadily east, more resources are enroute as fire managers assess and prepare for structure protection for the Big Smokey area and the upper South Fork Boise River corridor.
Closures: THE CLOSURE AREA HAS INCREASED AGAIN: For the most recent closure map and official closure order refer to: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3707/
Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Sawtooth National Forest. For more information, http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/fire/restrictions.html
Hunting Season: For information regarding Hunting Areas that are closed, contact Idaho Department of Fish and Game: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/