Kelley Fire at 5,389 Acres - Update for August 31, 2013
Incident: Kelley Fire Wildfire
August 31, 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 over 5,000 acres.
Current Situation: Single digit relative humidity yesterday was a factor in pushing the fire to 5,389 acres with the largest growth to the east. The fire has crossed trail #52 West Fork Beaver Creek Trail and spotted across Deadwood Creek. Fire resources are concentrating their efforts on keeping the fire south of the South Fork Boise River, east of Grouse Butte, and north of Blue Ridge. Crews will construct indirect line from West Fork Kelley Creek to the FS #038, West Fork Kelley Creek Trail. The focus of fire operations today is to conduct both aerial (PSD; “Ping Pong” machine) and hand ignition operations to remove unburned fuel from the Baumgartner Campground to the south along the South Fork of the Boise River.
Closures: THE CLOSURE AREA HAS INCREASED: The western boundary remains the same along the Boise/Sawtooth NF boundary to the #227 road near Featherville. From this point, the closure has increased from the #227 road immediately east of Featherville north along the boundary between the Sawtooth and Boise NF up and along the Bear Creek Jeep Trail. The trail is open but the area south is closed. The eastern boundary of the closure is the #079 road over Flex Summit, south to Big Smokey junction and south on the 227 road to Couch Summit. The road is open but the area to the west is closed. The south boundary is the Salt Bowns Road to the Boardman Pass Connector Trail following the Southfork Lime Creek Trail to the Lime Creek Trail to the Boise/Sawtooth NF Boundary. The south boundary road and trails are closed as well as the area north. Closure Orders currently on the Fairfield Ranger District may change in the future. For a closure map and official closure order refer to: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3707/
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 Idaho Department of Fish and Game: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ ###