Kinney Fire Update 2
Incident: Kinney Wildfire
Kinney Fire Update 2
Custer, SD - Firefighters worked hard yesterday and overnight on the Kinney fire which grew to 1380 acres overnight. A decrease in temperatures and an increase in relative humidity is helping reduce fire behavior and intensity this morning. The fire is located in Pennington County.
Today, firefighters will continue to improve and increase containment on the east and north sides of the fire and assess opportunities for containment on the south side of the fire. There are currently 120 personnel assigned to the fire, including 4 heavy airtankers, 3 single engine air tankers, one type 1 helicopter, 1 type 3 helicopter, 1 Type 3 Fire Management Team, 6 crews, 25 engines and 2 dozers. A Public Information Officer is available for media tours. Please call (605) 549-5184 for information.
Weather:. Temperatures are expected to reach 66 degrees, with a relative humidity in the mid to upper 20's. Winds 5-10 mph out of the south/southwest may be present.
"Despite extremely active fire behavior last night, good progress has been made on this fire and weather conditions look favorable for significant progress to be made today," said Lynn Kolund, Hell Canyon District Ranger.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. There have been no evacuations or closures in the fire area, however, use of the Boles Canyon Road is restricted to those who need access. Kinney Fire is burning in an active timber sale.
Type III Incident Commander, Jason Virtue, emphasized firefighter safety on the fire-line at the morning briefing.
Public Safety: Smoke may impact residents and visitors in the area of the fire and those traveling. Please use caution when driving in areas of smoke.
Location: 7 mile northeast of Newcastle, WY
Start Date: September 4, 2012
Size: 1,380 acres
Percent Contained: 5
Cause: Under Investigation
Total Personnel: 120
Resources Include: 1Type 3 Fire Management Team, 6 crews, 25 engines and 2 dozers
Air Resources: 4 heavy airtankers, 3 single engine air tankers, one type 1 helicopter, 1 type 3 helicopter
For information on the Kinney Fire, contact (605) 549-5184.