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Forest Service Reduces Closure For Kelley Fire

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By Paul Johnson

Fairfield, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The Fairfield Ranger District will reduce the closure for the Kelley Fire today. According to Julie Thomas with the Sawtooth National Forest, firefighters hard work, cooler temperatures and rainfall has changed the closure restrictions. Thomas said the public needs to remember to use extra caution when entering a burned area. While firefighters have worked hard to reduce snags, remove hot spots and have implemented water bars and resources that will reduce flooding and landslides there is still danger in the area. Forest visitors may continue to see smoke from burning logs and duff over the next several days. In addition firefighters are still working in the closed area and there will be continued activity as they secure the area. There will be Fire Engines on Forest Roads so we encourage visitors to the area to be vigilant while driving and give these large trucks plenty of space to get by.

Following is the Closure Order that will go into affect today: Kelley Creek Fire Area is described as: all National Forest System Lands (including all roads and trails within the area) beginning at the intersection of Forest Trail #037 Virginia Gulch and Forest Road #227 Ketchum/Featherville road, located at Township 3 North, Range 11 East, Section 9; continuing east along Forest Road #227 to the intersection of Forest Road #002 Little Water, located at Township 3 North, Range 11 East, Section 12; continuing east along (and including) Forest Road #227 to the intersection of Forest Trail #064 Conant Creek, located at Township 3 North, Range 13 East, Section 8; continuing easterly and then southerly along Forest Road #227 to Forest Road #094, located at Township 3 North, Range 14 East, Section 32; continuing south along Forest Road #094 to Couch Summit, located at Township 2 North, Range 14 East, Section 9, then travel west following the Camas Creek/South Fork Boise watershed divide (also the hunting unit boundary for units 43 and 44) to Forest Trail #050 Iron Mountain, located at Township 2 North, Range 12 East, Section 4; continuing westerly along (and including) Forest Trail #050 to Forest Trail #049 Middle Fork Lime Creek, located at Township 2 North, Range 12 East, Section 6; continuing southeasterly along (and including) Forest Trail #049 to Forest Trail #048 Blue Ridge, located at Township 2 North, Range 12 East, Section 6; continuing westerly and northerly along (and including) Forest Trail #048 to Forest Trail #037 Virginia Gulch, located at Township 3 North, Range 11 East, Section 33; continuing northerly along Forest Trail #037 to the point of beginning, as depicted on the attached map.

The above described area (including all roads and trails within the area) is located on National Forest System lands within the administrative and proclaimed boundaries of the Fairfield Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest, Camas and Elmore Counties, Idaho, Boise Meridian.


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