FEATHERVILLE, Idaho -- Half-an-inch of rainfall in the past 24-hours has helped slow the fast-growing Kelley Fire burning east of Featherville.
The 16,467-acre fire nearly doubled in size over the weekend, gaining over 10,000 acres on Saturday and Sunday. The flames are 34-percent contained.
However, firefighters say Tuesday's much-needed precipitation could help prevent the fire from eventually burning onto a small recreation area near the Soldier Mountains.
The Big Smoky area is a private parcel of land just to the north of 10,095-foot Smoky Dome. Fire managers say the Big Smoky area includes a public campground, Methodist youth camp, and several summer cabins.
"You could say it was heading towards the Big Smoky area, but with the rain it's slowed a lot," said fire information officer Denise Cobb, who works with the Great Basin Incident Management Team 6.
Cobb says the rain has also helped firefighters move closer to the Kelley Fire's active, eastern edge and create more fire control lines.
A total of 672 personnel are tasked with fighting the fire. Firefighting resources include 20 fire crews, 9 helicopters, 17 wildland fire engines, 9 water tenders, and 3 bulldozers.
A large closure area is in effect for parts of the Sawtooth National Forest affected by the fire. See that closure area here.
The Kelley Fire started on August 24th. Crews don't have an estimated containment date.
The Great Basin Incident Management Team 6 is based out of the Chapparal Campground outside of Featherville.
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