Kelly Fire near Wisdom 65 percent contained


WISDOM, Mont. - The following is a news release from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

Detected: August 15, 2013

Cause: Lightning

Location: 14 Miles northeast of Wisdom

                 13 Miles southwest of Wise River

Incident Commander: Rodney Weeks

Acres Burned: 45

Containment: 65%

·         Misc. Overhead
·         1 Helicopter
·         3 Engines
·         5 Helitack
·         15 Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest Firefighters
·          9 Smoke Jumpers

Summary:  The lightning caused Kelly Fire is 45 acres and is located on steep terrain in beetle infested lodgepole pine.  Kelly Creek is a tributary to Pettengill Creek.  The number one priority of this fire is to provide for the safety of the firefighters and public.

The acreage of the Kelly Fire has been increased to 45 acres due to better mapping including the spots that are outside the perimeter of the main fire.  Fireline has been completed around the perimeter of the fire. Several spots have been identified outside of the main fire perimeter and have been mapped and lined at this time.  The helicopter continues water drops to help cool the fire and to keep the fire from advancing to the east where the popular Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway and private lands are located.  The firefighters were able to hold the fireline yesterday, Monday, during the critical burning period and the gusty winds associated with the Red Flag Warning.  A Red Flag Warning is a prediction of an ongoing or imminent critical fire weather pattern.  Today's weather will continue to be hot and dry but winds are not expected to be as strong as Monday.

There are no closures associated with the Kelly Fire at this time.

Current fire information is posted at the Wise River Community Center parking lot, and at the Ranger Stations in Wisdom and Wise River. 

With the current dry weather conditions, officials are advising people to be cautious with fire when recreating outdoors. Make sure your fire is completely out. Stay on designated roads and trails with your vehicles, and extinguish cigarettes completely.

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