Kelley Fire Grows to 993 Acres - Update for August 30, 2013
Incident: Kelley Fire Wildfire
August 30, 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 almost 1000 acres.
Current Situation: The fire grew over 400 acres yesterday afternoon moving north across the West Fork Kelley Creek Trail and spotting northeast across #50 Kelley Creek ATV trail (also known as the Iron Mountain Trail). Crews will construct indirect line from West Fork Kelley Creek to the #038 West Fork Kelley Creek trail. They will also scout the area for a safe spot to construct indirect line from the Blue Ridge Trail above Myrtle Creek to West Fork Kelley Creek. They will continue line construction and secure line along the south and southeast edge to tie into the Blue Ridge Trail. Five engines are in place and more engines are enroute for structure protection north of the fire along the South Fork of the Boise River. Aerial resources will continue to support the ground troops with bucket drops.
Closures: This closure order closes the South Fork of the Boise River Road #227 from the Forest Boundary near Featherville, East to Skeleton Creek, then South to Lime Creek Trail (see attached map). This closure includes Baumgartner Campground. Closure Orders currently on the Fairfield Ranger District may change in the future. The Beaver Creek Area Closure will change as crews control the fire and work to stabilize the roads and trails in the closure area.
Weather: Today’s weather will continue to be hot and dry with increased winds this afternoon. This could intensify fire behavior and produce visible smoke.
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 the Idaho Department of Fish and Game: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ ###