Kinney Fire Update 4
Incident: Kinney Wildfire
Kinney Fire Update 4
Custer, SD - Due to the hard work of firefighters during the past several days, full containment of the Kinney Fire is expected to occur by the end of the day. Today crews will focus on reinforcing the fire line and mop up.
Mop up involves fire fighters patrolling the control lines and watching for smokes that need to be extinguished. Each day they will work further into the interior of the fire putting out the burning stumps or other ground litter that may still be burning.
There was no growth on the Kinney Fire overnight and it remains at 1,507 acres.
Weather:. Temperatures are expected to reach the 70's, with relative humidity in the 20's, and breezy conditions in the afternoon.
The last planned media tour is scheduled for today. Please call (605) 549-5184 for information.
Jason Virtue, Incident Commander, said at this morning's briefing "I appreciate the great team work that all the fire fighters have put in to contain the Kinney Fire."
Virtue also said later today they will be assessing the situation to determine if some of the resources can be released. "Some of the air attack will be made available for initial attack today while other aircraft will remain on standby in Rapid City if needed."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There have been no evacuations or closures in the fire area, however, use of the Boles Canyon Road remains restricted to those who need access. Kinney Fire burned in an active timber sale.
Public Safety: Persons traveling on roads near the fire are asked to use caution when driving as there are still fire vehicles in the area. Smoke may continue to impact residents and visitors in the area of the fire in the afternoon. Please use caution when driving in areas of smoke.
Location: 7 mile northeast of Newcastle, WY
Start Date: September 4, 2012
Size: 1,507 acres
Percent Contained: 40
Cause: Under Investigation
Total Personnel: 185
Resources Include: One Type 3 Fire Management Team, four type 2 handcrews, 19 engines, 2 dozers, & 4 water tenders
Air Resources: 1 heavy airtanker, 2 single engine air tankers, two type 3 helicopters, 1 type 1 helicopter, 1 type 2 helicopter
For information on the Kinney Fire, contact (605) 549-5184.