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Friday, July 27, 2018

Keithly Fire Update 7-27

Keithly Fire Update
Friday, July 27, 2018   9 a.m.


Fire Information Line: (435) 738-0037, 8 am - 8 pm
Twitter: @Idahofireinfo


Start Date
Cause
Size (ac.)
Containment
Helicopters
Engines
Crews
Personnel
7/25/18
Lightning
~11,500
0%
0
15
3
~150

Community Meeting: A community meeting will take place July 28 at the Weiser High School auditorium at 6 p.m. The Incident Management Team will provide a fire update and answer community questions.
Evacuations/Closures: Evacuations remain in place for the area of Mann's Creek, including campgrounds and
Deer Creek. An evacuation center for residents is located at Weiser Vendome Events Center, located at 309 State
Street, Weiser, ID.
Road Closure: Washington County Emergency Manager notified fire management working on the Keithly Fire
Hwy 95 is open to one lane with a pilot car. Law enforcement may open and close Hwy-95, depending upon
fire activity.
Summary: The Keithly Fire started by lightning July 25. Over 100 firefighters have been working night and day
to contain it. As of July 27, approximately 150 firefighters have successfully slowed the fire’s growth along the
east flank from Keithly Creek down to Hwy-95. Firefighters estimate the fire to be 11,500 acres. They are focusing
suppression efforts to protect the communities of Midvale, Mann's Creek and Deer Creek as well as the main
Hwy 95 corridor between Weiser and Midvale.
The fire is currently in unified command with the Payette National Forest and Midvale Fire Department.
A transfer of command to a larger incident management organization will take place at 6 p.m. this afternoon to
help managing the growing fire. Additional resources will be arriving today, which include additional handcrews,
engines and other resources needed to support the firefighters.
Weather: Another hot and dry day will occur today with temperatures in 100’s. Fire behavior will peak between
2 p.m. and 4 p.m. with winds gusting up to 20 miles an hour.




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