Update - 9/19 at 8:30 Pm
Incident: Karney Fire Wildfire
Karney Fire Update
Wednesday, Sept. 19
Firefighters on the Karney Fire made excellent progress today and will continue their efforts through the night, working the perimeter of the fire and focusing on targeted hot spot areas.
An infrared fly-over tonight will specifically locate the fire's hotter areas and download the information to fire managers, enabling them to focus attack efforts tomorrow where intense heat is detected near the firelines.
More accurate mapping has increased the reported size of the fire to 430 acres. Estimated containment is 20 percent. With the significant progress made on the fire throughout the day today, crews will continue to work toward increased containment of the fire. A full estimate of containment has not been established yet.
A Type 2 incident management team was called in to assist the fire and began its work tonight at 8 p.m. The team of local, state, and federal employees from Idaho and the region brings with it additional structure and overhead needed to fight the fire. With the addition of the Type 2 incident management team, more than 220 personnel are now involved in the suppression effort.
Resources that will be put to work on the fire tomorrow include additional hand crews, several engines, helicopters, and fire retardant if it is needed.
Fire managers are asking the public and local residents to use driving caution in the vicinity of the fire due to the higher fire fighting traffic.