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Friday, July 27, 2018

Keithly Fire PM Update - 9pm


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

Fire Information Line: (208) 414-0044 8a.m. - 8p.m.
Email address: 2018.keithly@firenet.gov
Twitter: @Idahofireinfo

Start Date
Cause
Size (ac.)
Containment
Helicopters
Engines
Crews
Personnel
7/25/18
      Lightning
~13,000
10%
1
10
5
184

Evacuations/Closures: Evacuations remain in place for the area of Mann's Creek, including campgrounds. The Washington County Sheriff’s office lifted the mandatory evacuation in Deer Creek for residents only this afternoon, but remains closed to the general public. An evacuation center for residents is set up at Weiser Vendome Events Center, located at 309 State Street, Weiser, ID.

Road Closure: The Idaho Highway Patrol is working with firefighters to manage traffic along the Hwy 95 corridor. When safe to allow traffic through, the highway will be open to one lane traffic with a pilot car between Mann’s Creek Road and Midvale. For firefighter and public safety, please use caution when driving as firefighters are working along the highway.  People are also encouraged to check the Idaho Transportation Department’s 511 road closure website prior to traveling on Hwy 95: https://511.idaho.gov/.  

Summary: Firefighters estimate the fire size to be 13,000 acres and approximately 10% contained. Firefighters are using dozers and handcrews to construct containment lines on the west flank of the fire to Hwy 95 up to Keithly Creek Road.  Fire crews burned out sections from the highway from 1000 Springs Road past Midvale Hill Rest Area.  Burning out is a firefighting tactic used to remove unburned vegetation between the active fireline and established control lines.  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.

Firefighters will stay on the fire overnight to patrol the fire along Keithly Creek Road, Deer Creek Road and Hwy 95. Where safe to do so, they will extinguish hot spots and ensure the Hwy 95 corridor is protected.

Great Basin Incident Management Team 5, led by Evans Kuo, took command of the fire tonight at 6:00 p.m. and will continue to work with Midvale and Weiser Fire Departments. The larger incident management organization brings with them additional resources to support the excellent work the local firefighters have done.

At 6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 28 Team 5 will host a community meeting at the Weiser High School Gymnasium located at 690 W. Indianhead Road. They will provide an update on the fire and answer questions from the community. 

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