Kelley Fire threatens upper South Fork Boise River corridor; closure area expanded

September 1, 2013 

This photo provided by forest officials shows the smoke emanating from Deadwood Creek area Saturday.

Sixteen wildfires burned in Idaho on Saturday but crews expected to have the massive Beaver Creek Fire in central Idaho fully contained soon.

Fire spokeswoman Robyn Broyles says there's been a rapid release of resources as the fire that once threatened the resort area of Ketchum and Sun Valley nears containment.

About 460 firefighters remained, but Broyles says that will drop to about 150 for rehabilitation work expected to last through Thursday.

The Kelley Fire, which is burning about 7 miles southeast of Featherville, quadrupled in size Saturday to more than 11,500 acres, according to fire officials. Get information on closures by clicking link to the right.

The east front of the fire grew rapidly Saturday. Through aerial and hand ignition operations, firefighters successfully eliminated unburned fuel south of Baumgartner Campground along the South Fork of the Boise River (about 11 miles from Featherville).

Firefighters are preparing Sunday to do structure protection in the Big Smokey area and upper South Fork Boise River corridor. The fire was caused by lightning on Aug. 24. There are close to 400 personnel working the fire, which is 7 percent contained.

In western Idaho, the Raft Fire grew to about 14 square miles with no containment, while the nearby Hells Canyon 1 Fire grew to about 15 square miles but is 20 percent contained.

Officials say four campgrounds were evacuated Friday along with hunting camps within the Weiser Ranger District that has been closed.

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