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Keithly Fire

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Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
500 N Mission St
McCall, ID 83638

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Heat spots in Keithly Creek were put out and cold July 30. Photo by Carrie Bilbao, PIOImage options: [ Full Size ]

7/31/18 - this is the final update for the Keithly Fire.

Containment: 97%

The Keithly Fie has been transfer to a Type 3 Management organization. No active burning has been noted for several days on the fire. We are seeing ash and dust devils across the fire area as wind picks up - these ash and dust devils can look like columns of smoke, but are not.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday July 25th, 2018 approx. 11:45 AM
Location4 miles west of Midvale, ID
Incident CommanderMike Hill
Incident DescriptionLightning Ignited The Keithly Fire July 25 When A Dry Thunderstorm Passed Over, Igniting Several Wildfires In The Area. A Helicopter And Small Airtankers Dropped Water And Retardant To Contain The Fire. These Containment Efforts Were Reinforced By 15 Smokejumpers; However, Wind Aligned With The Slopes Pushing The Fire Quickly, Growing 2,000 Acres Overnight. This Activity Caused Hwy 95 To Close And Threatened Several Homes And Campgrounds In Mann's Creek And Deer Creek Areas. On July 25, An Incident Management Organization Was Ordered To Take Command Of The Fire. By July 26, 42 Members Of Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 Arrived In Weiser, Id To Shadow The Firefighters Managing The 6,000 Acre Fire. They Took Command Of The Fire The Evening Of July 27. Firefighters Performed Several Burning Operations Along Hwy 95 To Prevent The Fire From Jumping The Highway. Dozer And Containment Lines Were Also Constructed Along The West And East Flanks Which Effectively Stopped The Spread Of The Fire. All Evacuation Orders Were Lifted July 28. Over The Course Of The Fire, There Were No Buildings Destroyed Thanks To The Exceptional Work Of Volunteer Fire Departments And Local Resources.
Coordinates44.521 latitude, -116.85 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel181
Size17,600 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained97%
Estimated Containment DateFriday August 03rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Brush and tall grass

Significant Events

Operations staff are diverting resources to the Mesa and other area fires in greater need of equipment and supplies. The remaining resources assigned to the Keithly Fire will focus on repairing containment lines, repairing fences and monitoring the fire to ensure dust devils do not reignite the fire.

Tuesday, the Incident Command Post in Weiser will break down, freeing resources and other supplies for other area fires. The Team extends our appreciation to the community for their hospitality and support the past four days while working from the Weiser High School.


Planned Actions

Due to the decrease in operational tempo and resource demands, a transfer of command from Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 to a smaller incident management organization will occur Tuesday, July 31. This organization will manage the repair work necessary to complete repair work.

Projected Incident Activity

The fire is no longer growing. Interior pockets of brush and grass may burn; however firefighters are working to complete the remaining 50% of containment line.

As firefighters and equipment are no longer needed, dispatchers are reassigning them to other area fires.



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 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:

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Incident meteorologists are forecasting hot, dry conditions through the week. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms Monday evening that may bring erratic winds. If new fire starts occur, these conditions will promote very aggressive fire growth.

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