Kelley Fire Update - September 3, 2013
Incident: Kelley Fire Wildfire
September 3, 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 14,000 acres.
Current Situation: Fire crews worked on the southern end of the fire as it moved into Beaver Creek. Rolling fire debris has been an issue on the western edge of the fire but crews have been able to hold the line and prevent spread to the west. The fire is holding well on the north end as crews continue to lay hose and watch for spot fires. Crews applied aerial and hand ignition to the fire on the northeastern edge to burn out unburned fuel loads down to the river and hold the line there. Crews will be scouting and assessing the eastern edge of the fire, planning for best management actions. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain, and firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. Fire managers are constantly assessing the situation and picking the safest, most effective way to manage the fire. Rain will hamper fire growth, however single and group tree torching within the fire perimeter will continue.
Public Meeting Today in Fairfield, Idaho: A public meeting is scheduled today for 7:00 pm at the American Legion Hall in Fairfield. Fire managers will discuss the progression of the fire and explain their operational strategies for working the fire. A representative from Idaho Department of Fish and Game will also be present at the meeting to answer questions on how the closure areas are affecting hunting season.
Weather: Showers and thunderstorms today. These storms have the potential for flood- producing rainfall. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through this evening! More showers and thunderstorms are expected on Wednesday afternoon, but rainfall amounts are likely to be about half of what they are today.
Closures: 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/