Weather Continues to Aid Fire Resources With Suppression Activities
Incident: Kelley Fire Wildfire
September 5, 2013
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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 16,000 acres.
Current Situation: The recent weather pattern has been an asset to fire crews. They have been able to build containment line on the western edge of the fire and hook into the containment line on the northern edge. Crews will continue to monitor and patrol these areas as the threat of rolling debris continues to be an issue. They are making good progress on the southern end of the fire as they continue to build line towards Beaver Creek. The focus will be on the eastern and northeastern edge as they work their way through the steep, difficult terrain to build fire line from Boardman Creek up to the South Fork Boise River. In the air, helicopters will continue to strategically hit hot spots with both water and retardant drops. With the increased threat of rolling debris, slick and slippery slopes, and unpredictable showers, fire fighters will be even more highly focused on safety, watching out for one another today.
Weather: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning and becoming more likely in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts generally from .20 to .40’ but locally heavier amounts possible under thunderstorms. Drier air will begin pushing into the area late Thursday night and Friday as a cold front drifts across the fire. Flash Flood Watch in effect through 6 pm this evening.
Hunting Season: For information regarding Hunting Areas that are closed, please contact the Idaho Department of Fish and Game direct at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/