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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Keithly Fire Update July 28 a.m.

Keithly Fire Update
Saturday, July 28, 2018   9 a.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
15,434
10%
1
10
5
184

Summary: An infrared flight took place last night, showing fire’s footprint to be 15,434 acres. Heat is concentrated
in the Deer and Sage Creek areas where firefighters will be focusing their containment efforts today. The fire
still holds the potential to grow given windy conditions forecasted for today and tomorrow.
Several burning operations have taken place since the start of the fire to protect the Hwy 95 corridor, particularly
from the highway from 1000 Springs Road past Midvale Hill Rest Area where long sections of black are visible
from the road. This tactic was successful, allowing Hwy 95 to be open in both directions July 28.
Today: Firefighters spent the night extinguishing hot spots near the Midvale Hill Rest Area and Deer Creek and
patrolling the fire along Hwy 95, Keithly Creek and Deer Creek Roads. With daylight allowing firefighters greater
visibility, hand crews and dozers will focus their efforts on the western flank in the Deer and Sage Creek areas
where large pockets of heat remain.
On the western flank where firefighters and dozers have constructed containment lines, fire engines will patrol
the containment lines and mop-up around homes near Mann’s Creek, Deer Creek and along Hwy 95.  A resource
adviser is also working with crews to assess, map and develop a repair plan to minimize erosion.
Weather: High temperatures and low relative humidity with periodic erratic winds will persist over the fire area.
Winds will be light in the morning, increasing in the afternoon with gusts up to 15 mph. Hot, dry conditions are
forecasted through the weekend.
Community Meeting: At 6:00 p.m. tonight, 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.  
Evacuations: 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 yesterday,
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.
National Forest Closure: For public safety and protection from hazards associated with wildfire, the
Payette National Forest issued a forest closure in the area of Mann’s Creek and  Keithly Creek. The closed
area begins at the SW corner of T14N, R6W, Section 25 and follows the Payette National Forest boundary
East to the junction of the National Forest Boundary, Forest Road 25 (Adams Creek), then North and West to the
junction of the boundary at Hwy 71.  The closure includes all roads and trails within the area. The following
roads entering the area are closed at the National Forest Boundary: White Pine Creek, Keithly Creek, Mann’s Creek,
and Jenkins Creek on the East and South boundaries; Dennett Creek on the West boundary; Middle Fork and
Brownlee on the north boundary.  For a full description and map of the closure, go to the Keithly Fire on
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6038/


Road Closures: The Idaho Highway Patrol is working with firefighters to manage traffic along the Hwy 95 corridor.
The highway is currently open; however firefighter will be working along the highway.  For firefighter and public
safety, please use caution when driving between Mann’s Creek Road and Midavale.  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/.   

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