Kelly Fire Update 8-20 6:00 PM
Incident: Kelly Wildfire
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Weeks Type Three Incident Management Team
August 20, 2013 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Wise River Ranger District
Office: (406) 832-3178
Detected: August 15, 2013
Location: 14 Miles northeast of Wisdom
13 Miles southwest of Wise River
Incident Commander: Rodney Weeks
Acres Burned: 45
15 Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest Firefighters
9 Smoke Jumpers
Summary: The lightning caused Kelly Fire is 45 acres and is located on steep terrain in beetle infested lodgepole pine. Kelly Creek is a tributary to Pettengill Creek. The number one priority of this fire is to provide for the safety of the firefighters and public. There have been no injuries on this fire.
As today’s temperatures rose and relative humidity lowered heated areas in the interior of the fire reactivated. The helicopter dropped water on these areas to help keep the fire cooled down. The fire has not advanced outside the perimeter in several days. When the helicopter was not need for water drops it was used for back hauls of garbage and equipment no longer needed at the fireline. The crews are mopping up and cold trailing the fire perimeter where possible. Cold trailing is method of controlling a partly dead fire edge by carefully inspecting and feeling with the hand for heat to detect any fire, digging out every live spot, and trenching any live edge.
There are no closures associated with the Kelly Fire at this time.
Current fire information is posted at the Wise River Community Center parking lot, and at the Ranger Stations in Wisdom and Wise River.
With the current dry weather conditions, officials are advising people to be cautious with fire when recreating outdoors. Make sure your fire is completely out. Stay on designated roads and trails with your vehicles, and extinguish cigarettes completely.
For more information about the Kelly Fire go online to inciweb.nwcg.gov and click on Kelly.