Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kelly, Raft Fires Continue Growing as Flood Watch Threatens Previous Fire Sites

Posted By on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM

While fire managers were happy to report Sept. 2 that the Beaver Creek Fire, which raged for more than three weeks and burned more than 111,000 acres, was 100 percent contained, the Kelly Fire near Featherville continues to grow, stretching from 10 acres to approximately 1,500 acres in the past week.

A public meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight in Fairfield's American Legion Hall so that residents can get an update on the lightning-sparked wildfire which continues to score steep, remote areas not easily accessible by firefighters.

Meanwhile the Raft Fire, one of two wildfires burning in the Weiser Complex near Hells Canyon, is only 20 percent contained. The Raft Fire, which has tripled in size since the weekend, has now burned more than 16,000 acres. The Hells Canyon Fire, just south of the Raft Fire, is now 100 percent contained.

The National Weather Service has posted a Flash Flood Watch for many of the areas in the Boise and West Central Mountains that were recently burned by fire. As the rainfall, which is expected to continue into Wednesday, Sept. 4, sweeps into the area, damaged soil could repel the water inside of absorbing it, triggering heavier runoff and possible flood conditions.

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